Letter grade = D
Total points = 29.5 out of 130
Lowe’s was issued a D grade, scoring 29.5 points. Lowe’s has no public safer chemicals policy. Lowe’s adopted a policy to eliminate phthalates in its flooring by the end of 2015. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country, and flooring “represented $3.2 billion in sales for Lowe’s last year, or 6% of its $56 billion total revenues.” Lowe’s actions helped lead to a major ripple effect among other large home improvement and flooring retailers who joined the market shift away from phthalates in flooring.
Opportunities for improvement: Lowe’s should leverage this success by phasing out phthalates in all other vinyl products it sells, develop a written safer chemicals policy, and set public quantifiable goals with clear timelines for reducing and eliminating chemicals of high concern. Lowe’s should become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project and pilot it with key private label suppliers. Lowe’s should also pilot the Health Product Declaration with suppliers.