Walmart asks suppliers to phase out certain chemicals from products

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced on Thursday that 10 chemicals found in various supplier products — including some personal care items, cosmetics and cleaning products — will be phased out of stores, according to published reports.

From DSN's sister publication, RetailingToday:

"Walmart provided an overview of its new Consumables Chemicals initiative, describing how it is working with suppliers to reduce or eliminate the use of priority chemicals used in consumables products in favor of greener alternatives. It will begin with household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products, asking suppliers to transition to greener substitutes for priority chemicals."

The move echoes a similar announcement made this week by Procter & Gamble when the manufacturer said it would eliminate triclosan and diethyl phthalate from its products by 2014.

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