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Sears says it will phase out PVC

Sears Holdings announced a new policy to reduce and phase out the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its packaging and merchandise. The company said it has adopted a policy aimed toward identifying “more sustainable choices.”

In a press release, the company noted that the policy focused on the following factors:

• Identify safer, more sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to PVC and incorporate them into the design and manufacturing process for private label merchandise and packaging.

• Show preference for PVC-free materials.

• Show preference to incorporate the Society of the Plastics Industry labeling system on private label merchandise packaging to make it easier for consumers to incorporate packaging options into their purchase decision.

• Show preference to mark private label merchandise as PVC-free when true.

• Encourage vendors to reduce or eliminate their use of PVC in merchandise and packaging.

Sears Holdings operates more than 3,800 locations, including Sears and Kmart stores, in the United States and Canada.

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