Chalk another one up for the environment. Fresh on the heels of Home Depot’s announcement to ditch phthalates in all of their flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has revealed plans to do the same. The home improvement retailer has pledged to eliminate the family of ortho-phthalates, which have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, after finding that 48% of their flooring samples tested positive for the toxic chemical. Mike Schade, director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, urged other retailers to do the same, saying, “We welcome and thank Lowe’s for their commitment to transition away from unnecessary toxic phthalates in flooring. We urge Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards to follow suit in phasing out these chemicals that are harmful for children’s health.”

+ Lowe’s

+ Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

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