September 12th, 2013: Walmart announces decision to stop selling cosmetics containing a hit list of toxic chemicals. This news is expected to send shock waves throughout the marketplace. Walmart will no longer sell cosmetics and cleaners made with targeted list of Toxic Chemicals! - This is AMAZING news!! It’s a process, but at least it’s a start. Heck ya!
FROM CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS:
In a move likely to send shock waves through the marketplace, retail giant Walmart has committed to targeting as many as 10 toxic chemicals for removal from products sold in its stores, including national and store-brand cosmetics, personal and beauty products, and household cleaners.
“Walmart’s decision to banish cosmetics and cleaners made with toxic chemicals will revolutionize the marketplace and help all of us live better by making safer products the new normal,” said Janet Nudelman, Director of Program and Policy for the Breast Cancer Fund and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
“Kudos to Walmart for responding to growing consumer demand for cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, make-up and cleaners that don’t contain chemicals that are harmful to our health,” said Nudelman. “Eliminating as many as ten toxic chemicals from Walmart’s inventory is a big step forward, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We know there are many more dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer and reproductive harm that should be removed from products, and both the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund look forward to working with Walmart to ensure all of the cosmetics and personal care products they sell are safe for everyone.”
Walmart is poised to develop a comprehensive chemical policy that could extend beyond the 10 chemicals targeted for removal today. In addition to setting a timetable for removing the select toxic chemicals, Walmart will also ask national brands to disclose ingredients to the public based on guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program and the Consumer Specialty Product Association.
FROM RODALE NEWS:
In a major move announced on September 12, 2013, Walmart will soon start kicking toxic chemicals to the curb. At the company’s annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, Walmart officials announced that the chain is launching a chemicals reform policy that will require manufacturers of household cleaners, cosmetics, and personal care products sold in its stores to eliminate certain toxic chemicals from their products and be more transparent with the chemicals they do use.
The new rules, set to go into effect over the span of a few years, will require manufacturers to eliminate roughly 10 “high-priority” chemicals from their beauty products and to disclose all chemicals used in synthetic fragrances, which often contain dozens of potentially harmful chemicals that are protected under federal law as “trade secrets” and thus aren’t legally required to be listed on product labels.
Also part of the announcement was a requirement that all household cleaners sold under the retailer’s Great Value private label meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for the Environment program standards. “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 company said in a statement.
While the company’s announcement was long on ambition, it was short on details. Walmart isn’t releasing the list of chemicals being targeted, says its Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Andrea Thomas, in order to prevent “undue concern” among suppliers and customers. But she says that the list was developed with input from suppliers, academics, nonprofits, and the EPA. The chemicals were chosen based on known health hazards associated with them and their prevalence as an ingredient in products, says Katie Ware, a spokesperson for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a nonprofit that helped Walmart develop its policy.
It also appears that Walmart’s suppliers knew the shift was coming. Days before the announcement, Proctor & Gamble announced that it would be removing phthalates and triclosan from all its products; phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to lower IQs, reproductive problems, and even asthma that are frequently used in synthetic fragrances, and triclosan is an antibacterial chemical linked to reproductive problems and suspected of contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance.