P&G, the consumer product giant that makes everything from Always and CoverGirl to Cascade and Vicks, has indicated it will remove two chemicals of concern from its product lineup.
How big is P&G? Its the worlds largest manufacturer of consumer products. Its 25 top brand each produce $1 billion in sales annually, and its brands are some of the most popular throughout the U.S. The modern grocery or department store wouldnt look the same without Crest, Charmin, Downy and Tide.
The manufacturer announced on its website that it is 70% of the way to its goal of removing DEPdiethyl phthalate, one of the class of chemicals known as phthalates that has raised concerns among consumer health advocates for the link of certain formulations to potential health problems. DEP is not among the phthalates that has caused the most concern, but P&G is set to remove it from products by 2014 to alleviate any consumer concerns.
It will also eliminate the use of triclosan, the anti-bacterial agent that has caused concerns ranging from the buildup of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to changes in ocean ecosystems where sewers discharge (since many of the chemicals in consumer products typically arent filtered out of the waste stream).
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics congratulated P&G for taking bold and globally-significant action to protect the health of its 4.8 billion consumers.
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