Target revamps chemical use policy, asks suppliers to list ingredients

A newly constructed Target store is shown in San Diego, California, U.S. May 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
A newly constructed Target store is shown in San Diego, California, U.S. May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Target Corp. said it would introduce a policy aimed at removing many harmful chemicals used in its personal care, beauty and textiles products, and the retailer would ensure suppliers disclose ingredients in all products it sells by 2020.

The retailer also said it would invest $5 million in green chemistry, which involves the reduction or elimination of hazardous substances in chemicals, over the next five years.

The Minneapolis, Minn.-based chain said it is seeking to remove perfluorinated chemicals and potentially carcinogenic flame retardants from its textile products by 2022, already having moved to abolish more than a 1,000 chemicals from some of its products in 2015.

The chemical strategy will include all Target-owned and national brand products and operations, Chief Sustainability Officer Jennifer Silberman said.

Target’s announcement comes six months after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was pushing suppliers to remove or restrict the use of eight hazardous chemicals from some of the products it sells.

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