17 Apr '13, 3pm

When it comes to making toys greener, Walmart isn't playing around

When it comes to making toys greener, Walmart isn't playing around

This is the third in a series of stories about Walmart's supplier sustainability index. An overview is here , and a story about flour, bread and agriculture is here . Today's topic: plastic toys. Walmart wants to improve the sustainability of plastic toys. The giant retailer isn't playing around. Specifically, the company wants to improve the safety of workers who make the toys. It also wants to make sure that manufacturers are taking steps to use fewer so-called "chemicals of concern" in toys. It would like suppliers to deal with any issues raised when kids outgrow Barbie or GI Joe and throw them away. If paper or wood goes into toy packaging, Walmart wants to know whether it is "sourced in accordance with a credible certification system that addresses ecosystem impacts and biodiversity." Some critics think Walmart is taking this too far. That's what this story is about. ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/04/17/when-it-comes-mak...

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