Target, Best Buy improve their standing in safer chemicals report card

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 14, 2017.

While Target was recently called out for selling fidget spinners with a high amount of lead, the retailer was lauded by another advocacy group today for being among the leaders among major retailers in improving their chemical policies in the last year.

Best Buy also got a better score this year for steps it’s taken to bolster its own such policies in the second-annual report card by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.

The report was released to highlight major retailers’ progress – or lack thereof – in reducing potentially harmful chemicals used in the products they sell or during the manufacturing process as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.

“We are thrilled that major retailers like Walmart, CVS Health, and Target are driving a race to the top to eliminate dangerous chemicals that threaten our families’ health,” Mike Schade, the report’s coauthor and director of the group’s Mind the Store campaign, said in a statement. “At the same time, far too many are lagging behind, failing to meet the rising consumer demand for healthy products. This holiday season, retailers should give us the gift of a toxic-free future.”

Retailers who landed at the bottom of the list with an “F” rating include Toys R Us, Dollar General, Kohl’s, TJX (owner of TJ Maxx and Marshalls) and Trader Joe’s. Amazon was given a D.

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