Another one bites the toxic dust: Lowe’s, America’s second-largest home improvement retailer, today announced that the chain will phase out hormone-disrupting phthalates in flooring by the end of 2015, following the lead set by Home Depot last month. Lowe’s is on a roll: Last month they announced stores would begin a four-year phase out of bee-killing neonicotinoids–aka “neonic”–pesticides, which have been linked to colony collapse disorder. My takeaway from all this? Consumer activism works!
Well this is good news: Home Depot is nixing phthalates in vinyl flooring. Why is this important? Banned in kids’ products since 2008, phthalates are endocrine disruptors that have been linked to birth defects, learning disabilities and obesity, among other problems. Home Depot company is the world’s largest buyer of building products; when they say no to phthalates, you can be sure other chains will follow.