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Walmart Phasing out Paint Removal Products with Methylene Chloride and NMP


Today, Walmart announced it will phase out paint removal products with
the chemicals methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) from its
stores in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and
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.

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

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.

"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," said Boma Brown-West, senior manager of consumer
health at Environmental Defense Fund
. "We look forward to Walmart's
continued sustainable chemistry leadership."

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and
through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers
and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27
countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of
$500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide.
Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about
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