Read our 2015 Factsheet about The Home Depot.

The Home Depot, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest home-improvement retailer with nearly 2,000 stores and 2011 U.S. retail sales of $62,075,000—the 6th highest, nationally.[1] The Home Depot stores sell a wide assortment of products, including building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products, paint, cabinetry, flooring, and appliances.

With great market power comes great responsibility.

Sure, identifying, eliminating, and avoiding the Hazardous 100+ chemicals may be a complex challenge for a company as large as The Home Depot—but just imagine the challenge that customers face each day as they try to navigate their way around thousands of product choices that may contain potentially harmful substances like formaldehyde, bisphenol A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Home Depot has the power to relieve this burden and to protect their customers, their stakeholders, and the environment.

We appreciate the steps that The Home Depot has already taken to address environmental and public health risks and to improve sustainability across their supply chain. In particular, we applaud The Home Depot’s success in launching the “LEED homes” and “Eco-options” programs, as well as the company’s commitment to reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paint selections. Efforts like these are so important—yet there is still much more that needs to be done!

We are calling on The Home Depot to work with their suppliers to reduce, eliminate, or safely substitute the Hazardous 100+ chemicals.


What is Home Depot doing to get tough on toxics?

Internal Policy on Chemicals?

Home Depot’s most recently available corporate responsibility report (2012) does not contain an explicit chemicals policy or any goals to restrict the use of hazardous chemicals in the products they sell.

VOCs in Paint

In 2011, Home Depot announced their goal to shift their paint selection to 60% non-VOC paint and 40% low-VOC paint by July 2012.[2] More recent progress reports on this process were not available on their website as of April 2013.

Identifying environmentally friendly alternatives

Home Depot launched the “Eco Options” program to brand and sell more environmentally friendly products at its stores. It includes a range of eco-friendly products, such as household cleaners and VOC free paints.[3] Eco Options is an identification system designed to evaluate the environmental impact of a product compared to standard products, with the assistance of Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party certification body. Two of the five key categories are “Clean Air” and “Healthy Home.”[4]

In their own words…

“The Home Depot believes in setting goals and defining the actions that will take us there.”[5]
– 2012 Sustainability Report

Sources:

[1] National Retailers Federation, 2012. “2012 Top 100 Retailers.”


[2] Home Depot, 2011. “Environmental Milestones.”


[3] Ron Jarvis, Home Depot Vice President of Environmental Innovation, 2013. “What is Eco-Options?


[4] Home Depot, 2012. “2012 Sustainability Report.”


[5] Ibid.