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.