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Target Sets Consumer Products Standard

by Melody M. Bomgardner
October 21, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 42

Retailer Target has joined Walmart in issuing a sustainability standard for personal care, beauty, and cleaning products (C&EN, Sept. 23, page 6). The company says it will use a scoring system from Underwriters Laboratories to help it recommend best practices to suppliers and improve its product selection. Products will receive high scores if they are free from ingredients with high-level health concerns, include complete ingredient lists on their labels, are not tested on animals, have packaging that requires minimal addition to landfills, and do not contain ingredients that are hazardous to the aquatic environment.

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