Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is trying to clean up its act, starting with 10 hazardous chemicals it will require its suppliers to start removing frompersonal care products, cosmetics and cleaning products. The retail giant will also require suppliers to disclose the chemicals in those products, the Huffington Post reported.
Proctor & Gamble just announced similar measures last month, saying it will cut out phthalates and triclosan from beauty products by 2014, while Johnson & Johnson promised to cut those as well as formaldehydes and parabens from personal care products.
Walmart has yet to name the chemicals it's targeting, saying that it wants to work with the suppliers before making that information public. Starting in January 2014, the company will start monitoring progress on the reductions and progress toward more environmentally friendly replacements, leading toward a public report in January 2016.
"The objective of this policy is to help ensure that household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products sold by Walmart will minimize hazards to people or the environment," the retailer said in a statement.
Many groups praised the move as the first large scale chemical policy of its kind. Mark Rossi of Clean Production Action was particularly thrilled to see such a green initiative from a company like Walmart.
"Walmart's policy signals a new era of going beyond regulatory compliance to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals," he said. "Companies like Walmart are realizing they need to be proactive instead of reactive to the rapidly increasing consumer demand for safer products."
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