Amazon Just Banned These Products in the U.S.

The online retail giant is making sure not to sell products that contain this.

Over our lifetime, we consume about 44 pounds of of microplastic, according to a recent study by WWF International—which breaks down to a plastic safety helmet every year. Recently, major retailers have been taking stock of what's actually in the comestibles they sell, and now, Amazon is taking action. The world's biggest online retailer announced this week that it will ban a range of toxic chemicals and plastics in its food packaging.

This move follows the company's first introduction of its chemicals policy in 2018, which restricted how toxic chemicals could be used in many baby, cleaning, and beauty products sold on the site, as well as brand-name paint-removal products. Read on to find out what exactly Amazon is banning and why, and for a very different ban to be aware of, check out Nordstrom Just Became the First Retailer to Ban These Products.

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Does the ban include all Amazon products?

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Amazon's new restricted substance list (RSL) will apply to products in the Amazon Kitchen brand, as well as those sold through Amazon Go, Amazon Go Grocery, Amazon Fresh, and Fresh grocery deliveries. "No company should be using chemicals that can impair a person's immune system, especially as we are battling a worldwide pandemic," Laure Valeriano, Executive Director of the Toxic-Free Future Campaign, said in a statement. "As we continue to fight for critical government policies to protect us against toxic chemicals in food packaging, it's welcome news to see how companies, like Amazon, are stepping up to do what's right."

What exactly is banned?

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The list of banned substances includes plastics like PFAS, BPA, and PVC, along with toxic materials like lead, mercury, and arsenic. These toxins have been linked to a wide range of health concerns, including certain types of cancers, high cholesterol, fertility problems, and other serious health problems, Grocery Dive notes.

What about the products not made by Amazon?

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Amazon said in their statement that they have begun work on ways to help customers discover, identify, and purchase products "with safer formulations and sustainable attributes." Essentially, they're making sure sustainability certifications for brand-name products and items from third-party sellers—such as "Safer Choice," "Made Safe," "Green Seal," and "Cradle to Cradle"—are featured more prominently.

What are other companies doing about these toxic materials?

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Amazon's move is in-line with a series of initiatives that are seeing state and local governments as well as brands moving to phase toxic chemicals out of food packaging. Washington and Maine have both started to remove PFAS in food packaging, with laws due to take full effect in Jan. 2022.

Meanwhile, over the last two years, the likes of Albertsons, Cava, Chipotle, Kroger, Panera Bread, Sweetgreen, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods Market have all announced moves to reduce or eliminate chemicals in food packaging. And for more on the nation's biggest online retailer, check out how You Could Get Banned From Amazon For Doing This Common Thing.

John Quinn
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