Lowe’s Canada Safer Chemicals Policy

           November 2019

The Lowe’s Canada Safer Chemicals Policy is intended to inform the public and suppliers of our philosophy and commitments.

Chemicals play a major role in people’s daily lives. There has been a growing concern that there are hazardous chemicals that can be persistent and build up in the environment and have significant adverse human and environmental health effects. While regulations are being strengthened, certain concerns remain unregulated and may impact the health and safety of Lowe’s Canada’s products. As a responsible corporate citizen, Lowe’s Canada takes product safety and environmental sustainability very seriously. To manage chemicals more responsibly, Lowe’s Canada implements this Safer Chemicals Policy through a number of strategic actions and commitments.

Policy

  • Lowe’s Canada will continue to adhere to applicable chemical regulations as they are strengthened to restrict chemicals of concern.
  • Lowe’s Canada will continue to foster supply-chain relationships and encourage suppliers to disclose chemicals to Lowe’s Canada to better understand chemicals in the products and packaging Lowe’s Canada sells and how they impact product and environment.
  • Lowe’s Canada will strive to protect the health of Lowe’s Canada customers, employees, and environment by systematically identifying, reducing, and eliminating chemicals of concern and substituting them with safer alternatives wherever commercially feasible.
  • Lowe’s Canada will actively drive the identification and availability of safer alternatives to its entire operations, including Lowe’s Canada stores and offices.
  • Lowe’s Canada will continuously improve its engagement with supply chain partners to ensure requirements are understood and acted upon in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Lowe’s Canada will strive to enhance consumer confidence in the products Lowe’s Canada sells in Canada through making available an increasing number of eco-products that incorporate safer chemicals.
  • Lowe’s Canada will review this chemical policy at least on an annual basis and report progress in its annual corporate responsibility report.

Action Plan

To support this chemical policy, Lowe’s Canada will take several actions to ensure progress:

  • Lowe’s Canada will develop a framework to systematize the process of assessing chemicals and managing chemical risks.Chemical risks can be managed in several ways and may include requiring disclosure of chemicals in Lowe’s products, reducing or eliminating toxic chemicals from Lowe’s products or packaging, better educating consumers on product safety, and/or driving innovation by encouraging suppliers to transition to safer alternatives and green chemistry solutions.
  • Lowe’s Canada will take a collaborative approach to understand and manage chemicals in the products Lowe’s Canada sells, including utilizing inputs from third-party subject matter experts, internal and external stakeholders, supply chain partners, and consumers.Lowe’s has been working with trusted partners, such as the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) to continuously support green chemistry initiatives as well as participating in the Retail Leadership Council of the GC3 to better align the retail sector.Lowe’s Canada will also continue to partner with credible NGOs, associations and industry partners.

Lowe’s Canada is committed to evolving and improving these action plans to ensure continuous improvement over time.

Commitments

Product Category

Commitment

Flooring

  • All vinyl flooring is free of ortho-phthalates.
  • All indoor wall-to-wall carpet is free of triclosan, organotins, ortho-phthalates, vinyl chloride, nonylphenol ethoxylates, coal fly ash, formaldehyde, added heavy metals.
  • All indoor residential carpet and rugs purchased by Lowe’s Canada will be free of PFAS chemicals by January 2020.

Insulation

  • All fiberglass insulation products are free of brominated flame retardants, halogenated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, formaldehyde, and added heavy metals.

Lawn & Garden

  • All our on-shelf pesticides and live goods are free of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Paint

  • All paint remover products are free of methylene chloride and N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP).
  • All interior and exterior water-based wall paints are free of triclosan, isocyanates, formaldehyde, lead and heavy metals.