Walmart eliminate paint removal products with methylene chloride, NMP

Walmart to eliminate paint removal products with methylene chloride, NMP

7:43 AM, 21st August 2018
Walmart headquarters located in Bentonville, US. (File photo)
Walmart headquarters located in Bentonville, US. (File photo)

BENTONVILLE, US: Walmart said that it will phase out paint removal products with the chemicals methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) from its stores in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and its website by February 2019.

This initiative is consistent with Walmart’s efforts to work with suppliers and the industry to accelerate the adoption and use of sustainable chemistry practices that exceed customers’ expectations. Similar to some of the retailer’s previous work on sustainable chemistry, this initiative also goes above and beyond current legal and regulatory compliances.

Last year, Walmart became the first retailer to participate in the Chemical Footprint Project survey. Walmart’s categories of focus include household cleaning, personal care, baby, pet, beauty, and cosmetic products. Walmart publicly reports its progress annually on its sustainability commitments through its Global Responsibility Report and Sustainability Hub.

“At Walmart, we are committed to providing our customers with access to affordable, effective and more sustainable products. We will continue to work with suppliers, NGOs, academics, government and industry stakeholders as we advance our sustainable chemistry commitments,” said Zach Freeze, senior director of strategic initiatives for sustainability at Walmart.

"Walmart’s long been a leader in driving sustainable chemistry in consumable products. We applaud this recent step to expand that area of focus and to remove paint strippers with methylene chloride and NMP from store shelves. We look forward to Walmart’s continued sustainable chemistry leadership," added Boma Brown-West, senior manager of consumer health at Environmental Defense Fund.

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