Avoid toxic chemicals methylene chloride and NMP

methylene chloride

Key Points

  • Methylene chloride and NMP are highly toxic chemicals that cause cancer and damage the nervous system. Exposure can be deadly.
  • Lowes and now more retailers are removing these chemicals from their shelves, but it's up to you to read the labels to avoid these chemicals.
  • Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is asking people to report to them if they find these chemicals in products where they shop.

February 2019

The folks at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families have been urging retailers to stop selling products that contain the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).   Methylene chloride and NMP have been shown to cause cancer, damage the nervous system and to fetal development, and can even be lethal.

Lowes hardware stores were the first to commit to removing products that contain these dangerous chemicals.  Many other retailers since have committed to removing them, but the latest update is showing that there's still inventory left.

So, for now, read labels and avoid these chemicals.  There are plenty of other products out there that will help you with any project without exposing yourself to toxic chemicals.

Read the latest update on the Safer Chemicals website.



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