After Activist Pressure, Macy’s Vows to Ensure Furniture Is Free of Toxic Flame Retardants
By: Christie Boyden Lindsey Rupp
October 20, 2015 — 3:38 PM EDT
Health and environmental activists had pressured the retailer
Department-store chain says most vendors already are complying
Macy’s Inc., responding to a campaign from health and environmental activists, will check with its furniture suppliers to ensure that they aren’t using toxic flame retardants in their products.
While Macy’s expects that few manufacturers are still using the substances at issue, the retailer will explicitly instruct suppliers to stop using certain chemicals, Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.
“We at Macy’s are firmly committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers, as well as to complying with all laws, including those that pertain to protecting safety,” Sluzewski said. “Macy’s has been an industry leader in environmental sustainability, and we are proud of our track record in that regard.”