Today, Walmart recognized the ingredient communication efforts of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) in guidance to suppliers on ingredient disclosure and chemical reduction. Chris Cathcart, President and CEO of the CSPA, said his members support Walmart’s focus on sustainability and efforts to communicate those initiatives to its customers. “We are actively working to become trusted partners in making product ingredient information available to consumers,” said Cathcart. “We know people want more information and we are working hard to provide it.”
CSPA developed and adopted a voluntary consumer product ingredient communication initiative that is consistent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Program (DfE). We created a comprehensive compilation of product ingredient names and detailed descriptions in a Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary. Many CSPA member companies have taken their transparency efforts even further by disclosing product ingredients via the product label, manufacturer’s toll-free numbers and on their websites. The DfE program has also recognized CSPA’s ingredient communication efforts by including the Dictionary as one source of acceptable nomenclature to describe chemicals in consumer products and by including several test methods for cleaning products that were developed by the association to measure efficacy.
With today’s joint recognition by Walmart of CSPA and the DfE ingredient communication efforts, consumers can make even more informed choices about the products they purchase.