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OPI Eliminates Toluene From Nail Formulas; Advocates Claim Victory

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Nail polish manufacturer OPI Products has pledged to remove toluene from its products, according to Women's Voices for the Earth, which attributes the initiative to "pressure from consumers as well as health and environmental groups.

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