Dollar General Expands Chemical Policy and Restricted Chemical List

May 18, 2022


As part of Dollar General’s efforts to serve customers and ensure product quality, the Company recently updated its Chemical Policy and expanded its Restricted Substance List (RSL). Additionally, the policy was expanded to include not only all private brand formulated products in Dollar General’s Home Cleaning, Beauty and Personal Care departments, but also all private brand formulated cleaning products in its Hardware and Automotive departments.

Dollar General’s chemical policy is designed to go beyond what is required by law and take additional steps to reduce or eliminate certain intentionally added chemicals of concern from products.

By fiscal year 2023, the Company plans to remove the following nineteen added chemicals from its formulated private brand items in Home Cleaning, Beauty and Personal Care, and from its private brand cleaning products in the Hardware and Automotive departments: 1-Bromopropane, Asbestos, 1.4-dioxane, Cyclic Aliphatic Bromides Cluster of flame retardants (HBCD), Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), Lead and Lead Compounds, Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds, Bisphenol A (BPA), Diethyl phthalate, Dibutyl phthalate, Tetrachloroethylene (PERC), Formaldehyde, Toluene, Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Trichloroethylene, Triclocarban and Triclosan.

Additionally, Dollar General is on target to meet its goal of eliminating the following intentionally added chemicals from its core formulated private brand Home Cleaning, and Beauty and Personal Care departments by December 31, 2022: Formaldehyde, Toluene, Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Trichloroethylene, Triclocarban and Triclosan. Dollar General also plans to become a signatory of and responder to the Chemical Footprint Project by the end of the Company’s 2022 fiscal year.

The Company continues to encourage all suppliers to register product formulations with the UL WERCSmart® system and to use safer alternatives to the chemicals listed in its RSL. Through this process, Dollar General expects to gain additional insight into the chemical composition of these products.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day.® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 18,356 stores in 47 states as of April 29, 2022. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com. 

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