Those of you who know me or regularly read this blog, must know how this pains me. I have to (gasp) write something positive about Wal-Mart. I’d love it if Wal-Mart on a regular basis used its immense size and purchasing powers to encourage environmental friendliness, ethical business habits and global peace and harmony, but– alas– that is unlikely to happen.
However, recently they have decided to throw their weight behind the elimination of certain harmful chemicals. Suppliers will receive carrots for meeting Wal-Mart’s goal of reducing the chemicals propoxur, permethrin andnonyl phenol ethoxylates and a stick if they fail to fall in step. Eventually, the plan is to add other chemicals to its “Preferred Chemical Principles” list. So, thumbs-up to Wal-Mart for using its powers for good in this arena.