Target says it will phase out polystyrene packaging

Minneapolis-based retailer Target Corp. has “agreed to engage” with its supply chain regarding phasing out polystyrene foam packaging from its online retailing operations, according to the Oakland, California-based nonprofit organization As You Sow.

As You Sow says that as a result of the company’s willingness to work with its “value chain and industry peers to discuss replacing foam with less harmful alternatives,” it has subsequently agreed to withdraw a shareholder proposal to Target that had asked the company to phase out polystyrene in its e-commerce operations. An alternative material for such applications is molded pulp, often made from recycled paper.

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