Walmart’s not-so secret green weapon

I wonder what chemical companies (who deal with Walmart directly and indirectly) think about this new tool called GreenWERCS, which Walmart said will help them analyze the products on the market and identify risks across a broad spectrum instead of looking at each chemical individually.

The chemical screening tool GreenWERCS reportedly analyzes the composition of individual products from ingredients entered by manufacturers. It also examines potential impact of those ingredients on human health and the environment.

According to a recent blog by the Environmental Defense Fund, GreenWERCS uses a pre-identified scoring and weighting algorithm to provide information on the chemical ingredients of the products and whether they include:

* persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances (PBTs);

* carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants (CMRs); and

* potential hazardous waste.

GreenWERCS is said to represent the second phase of Walmart’s new approach to assessing chemicals. Walmart’s goal is to eventually set standards and metrics on the sustainability of each of the billions of products that they sell, from how they’re made, how they’re distributed to how they’re disposed.

To know more about GreenWERCS, you can also check out the website of the company who develops the tool, the WERCS (World Environmental Regulatory Compliance Solutions).

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