Walmart makes Notable Advances in Sustainable Chemistry

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable chemistry is a process that stimulates innovation in order to develop, source and manage chemicals and related production processes in a way that improves human health and the environment. Understanding, collaboration, and trust-building between stakeholders across value chains are important to move toward sustainable chemical management.

Walmart has made significant strides in the implementation of its Sustainable Chemistry Policy that was established in 2014 to focus on ingredient transparency and advancing safer product formulations in household and personal care products sold at the company’s Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the U.S. The company recently announced that it had achieved a 95 percent reduction by weight in the use of high priority chemicals of concern.

Ingredient Transparency

Walmart requires its suppliers to be more transparent about the ingredients in their products and disclose full product information. To track ingredient transparency to consumers, the company polled suppliers about their online disclosure practices using the Walmart Sustainability Index. In 2015, 78 percent of respondents reported they disclose ingredients online for all their products.

Safer Formulations

Walmart focuses on providing safer products to customers by calling for the “reduction, restriction, and elimination” of Priority Chemicals (PCs) The company has identified eight High Priority Chemicals (HPCs) to assess its chemical footprint related to these ingredients.

The company has now released data showing a dramatic reduction in the total weight of PCs and HPCs in its products. The total weight of HPCs dropped by 95 percent and of PCs by 45 percent. The company attributes part of the success to its ability to determine which select set of suppliers used the majority of HPCs.

Safer Choice Certification

Walmart committed to increase the number of private brand product offerings bearing Safer Choice certification. The Safer Choice Program is a voluntary program implemented by the U.S. EPA that seeks to recognize and bring consumer awareness to products that are leading the way when it comes to safer ingredients.

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