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Late last month, Target announced a new strategy to remove certain chemicals from consumer products sold in its many stores.  The approach focuses on increased transparency, proactive chemical management across the supply chain, and innovation of safer alternatives.  As a part of this new chemicals strategy, touted by many as the most comprehensive of its kind for a retailer, Target has pledged in its first set of announced goals to:

  • list all ingredients in all owned and national brand products by 2020;
  • formulate beauty, baby care, personal care, and household products without phthalates, propylparaben, butyl-paraben, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-donors, and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) by 2020;
  • remove added Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) and added flame retardants from textile products by 2022; and
  • invest up to $5 million in green chemistry innovation by 2022.

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California has delayed the effective date of new regulations drafted to implement the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative. As discussed in our blog post of November 22, 2010, California planned to implement the regulations on January 1, 2011. If the regulations had been implemented on that date, how companies designed and manufactured consumer products sold, offered for sale, distributed, supplied, or manufactured for use in California would have changed dramatically.Continue Reading California Delays Implementation of Green Chemistry Initiative