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Target Expands List of Chemicals It Wants Out of Consumer Goods

It’s 2015, and many brands, states, and countries are getting smarter about ensuring the items we buy for our homes and families are safe to use. The idea of non-toxic products has been the focus of a company like Wal-Mart since 2009. It now appears Target is set to reduce the number of products containing toxins from its shelves too. Recently, Target increased the list of substances it wants removed from its products, and the “list includes almost 600 substances on Health Canada’s roster of prohibited cosmetic ingredients, such as coal tars and bisphenol A.” And following Target’s home state of Minnesota banning of triclosan last year, Target has placed it on the list of chemicals as well.  Unfortunately, Target isn’t completing banning the chemicals; instead they’re simply asking manufactures not to use them. If manufacturers comply, Target may be willing to give them valuable incentives such as better shelf space or in-store promotion. Both Wal-Mart and Target will now have lists of “more than 1,000 chemicals it wants suppliers to curb their use of.” Asking manufactures and suppliers to stop using these chemicals is an important step; let’s hope one day it leads to Target, Wal-Mart, and other stores outright banning these chemicals from their shelves.

To learn more about the steps Target is taking to remove harmful chemicals from its products, follow the link: