CONTENTS EdEvidence Newsletter

January 2008

Toxic Chemicals and Safer Products in the News

Sears, Kmart to remove products with polyvinyl chloride —
Retailer promises to substitute safer alternatives when possible

Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec. 12, 2007

Sears and Kmart will reduce or eliminate a popular plastic linked to serious health problems from packaging and merchandise in their 3,800 stores - an action announced Wednesday after more than a year of talks with environmental and shareholder groups. By saying that its Sears and Kmart stores would phase out PVC, Sears Holdings Corp. is following the lead of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp.