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Incredible News: Wal-Mart Bans 10 Toxic Chemicals!

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Author: Seventh Generation

September isn't even half over and already it's been a month to remember. Procter & Gamble recently announced it was removing the hazardous chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate from its products by 2014. Yet that huge news is nothing compared to the remarkable nontoxic bombshell Wal-Mart just dropped.

Just last week the retail giant announced it will ban 10 chemical toxins from all the fragrances, cosmetics, household cleaners, and personal care products sold in its stores. While the company won't reveal specifics until it informs its suppliers, we expect we'll see some big public health enemies on the list. After all, at their request, we've been sharing our thoughts on chemicals of concern with Wal-Mart officials for years and have been advising the consumer products industry at large as a member of the Sustainability Consortium.

The enormity of Wal-Mart's decision to stop the madness where at least 10 potentially harmful ingredients are concerned can't be overstated. As Earth's largest retailer, the company's new policy will likely have the effect of banning these materials nearly everywhere as companies reformulate their products to meet the mandate of their biggest customer and simply sell their new healthier formulas to everyone.

Perhaps more importantly, this jaw-dropping development signals an extraordinary sea change in the decades-old struggle to make consumer products safer for people and other living things. Wal-Mart is in essence saying it's heard you and agrees: Enough is enough. Certain common chemicals have no place in our lives. Add the company's tremendous influence to smaller ingredient bans made by companies like P&G, Target, Sears, K-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, and Kroger, and you get the groundswell for which we've all long been waiting.

When even the planet's largest retailer starts seriously questioning the use of certain materials, you know it's time for a change. It's our hope now that Congress will finally reach the same reasonable conclusion and strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act that will protect our families from further chemical harm. You can join us in urging Congress to act by signing a petition here: http://www.womensvoices.org/toxin-free-generation/.

In the meantime, we'd like to loudly and enthusiastically congratulate Wal-Mart for taking this brave and audacious step to make our world a safer place. It is no small thing, but instead the nontoxic stuff of which greatness may just be made.

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henrys mom picture
henrys mom
10/05/13
what the heck are the things on the list???...what is this an advert or Walmart or an informative piece?
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jessiejane
10/04/13
Wonderful but what about these big companies touting "CRUELTY-FREE" products and having a special section for them?; products which contain no animal ingredients and have not been tested on animals? I gladly spend my consumer dollars on those!!!
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jennavt
10/01/13
Thank you for caring Walmart! I will now consider shopping at your store again.
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bunnykat
09/27/13
It would be nice if this article listed the ingredients being banned and when we can expect it to go into effect!
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KathleenRyan
09/23/13
I might agree with Heidi, but this is a very significant big step for Wal-Mart. Thanks for sharing!
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pjsmom30
09/20/13
What are the chemicals that are banned?
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Heidi Louvier
09/20/13
Although it is encouraging to hear what Wal-Mart is doing, it is confusing to understand their business decisions which seem to seesaw or swing this way and that. So, they're going to ban these certain chemicals from sale in their store. Yet, they discontinued carrying Seventh Generation (and the like) products a long time ago. Are they going to replace these more toxic products with less toxic ones? It's still up to us consumers to read labels and control what is being sold by what we continue to buy.