NEW YORK — Walmart said Thursday that it will require its suppliers to phase out about 10 hazardous chemicals from personal care products, cosmetics, and cleaning products sold in its stores.
It will also require the suppliers to disclose chemicals in those products.
The moves follow an announcement made by Procter & Gamble Co. earlier this month that it will eliminate phthalates and triclosan from its beauty products by 2014. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson pledged to eliminate phthalates, triclosan, formaldehydes, and parabens from all its personal care products.
Walmart says that beginning in January, it will monitor progress on reducing and eliminating the chemicals in favor of more environmentally friendly alternatives and will begin to publicly report on it in January 2016.