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Target to Gauge Product Sustainability

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. will begin assessing the sustainability of 7,500 personal care, beauty, household cleaning and baby care products this month as part of the new Target Sustainable Product Standard program.

Target, in partnership with industry experts, vendors and NGO’s, developed the standard to establish a common language and definition that will be used to inform its merchandising and product placement decisions.


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Each product will receive a score from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most desirable score, based on its ingredients, the transparency of its ingredient list and environmental impact.

“We plan to use this first phase to learn with our vendors how to improve our entire selection of products,” according to Target.

Higher scorers will be identified and rewarded with incentives.

A perfect score will be earned by products that:

  • Contain no ingredients with high level of health concern such as carcinogenic, developmental or reproductive toxicants, endocrine disruptors, or have other serious adverse health effects. (50 points)
  • Have a complete ingredient list that is publicly available and disclosed in a way that allows each chemical’s health and environmental impacts to be assessed. (20 points)
  • Were not tested on animals during development or production. (5 points)
  • Use packaging that sends minimal, if not zero, waste to landfill. (20 points)
  • Contain no ingredients that are labeled as hazardous to the aquatic environment. (5 points)


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