Statement on Lowe’s commitment to ban deadly paint strippers

First U.S. retailer to act following multiple deaths and EPA inaction

The home improvement retailer Lowe’s announced that it would phase out the use of two toxic chemicals known as methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidine (NMP) in its paint removal products sold globally by the end of this year. Lowe’s becomes the first major U.S. retailer to commit to ending the sale of such products, which have been found to pose unacceptable health risks, including cancer, harm to the nervous system and childhood development, and even death.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store Campaign Director Mike Schade issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Lowe’s:



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