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Kingfisher phases out three chemical groups

Kingfisher announces it will phase out three chemical groups from its own branded products by 2025, with an ambition to extend this to the rest of its supply chain. The move is part of the company's long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact, the retailer says.

The three chemical groups - phthalates, perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and halogenated flame retardants - are all common substances found in products such as paint, textiles and PVC flooring. While most of these chemicals are not currently regulated, Kingfisher has identified them as harmful in its own ongoing review of the chemicals in its supply chain, which considers risks for consumers, factory workers and the environment. They will be removed from the shelves of more than 1 300 stores across Europe, including B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and Brico Dépôt outlets, and will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.




|28 January 2019

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