2015 Dollar Store Report

2015 Dollar Store Report

Multi-State Survey of Dollar Store Products

Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in a Majority of Dollar Store Products from Four Retailers

February 4, 2015

In conjunction with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, HealthyStuff.org tested 164 products purchased at four major discount retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—in six U.S. states.  

Products were tested for antimony, arsenic, bromine, chlorine, lead, mercury, and tin. A subset of products determined to contain polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC or vinyl) were further tested for the presence of phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers.

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A few products contained excessive lead, including one containg over 6,000 ppm lead. Overall we continue to see fewer product on the market containing lead and cadmium, two potent neurotoxins. Both of these chemicals have been considerable regulatory by the US CPSC.  However the study also revealed that vinyl plastic and toxic phthalates continue to be in widespread use in discount store products.  Several products are highlighted below.

  • 81% of the products (133 out of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern, and 49% of products contained two or more.
  • 38% of the products tested (63 out of 164) contained vinyl plastic. 
  • Of the vinyl products, 38 were tested for plasticizers. 32% (12 out of 38) of these contained toxic phthalates above the CPSC limits for children’s products.
  • Three products contained a phthalate (DiBP) not regulated by CPSC but found to be toxic by the CPSC. One product contained another unregulated phthalate (DDP), for which data are lacking on carcinogenic, reproductive, and developmental effects.

Product Highlights:

Published on February 2, 2015

Sample Listing

1 Inch Poly Binder
low
10 Piece Storage Set
low
100 Mini Lights
high
3 Pack Squeeze Ducks
high
3 Ring Binder
low
50 Mini Indoor Lights
high
5pc Formula Car
high
60 in. Micro USB Cable
high
8 Beaded Necklaces
medium
Adhesive Gem Strips
high
Adult Poncho
low
Artificial Nail Set
high
Auto Bucket
low
Avengers Assemble Backpack
high
B'Loonies
low
Baby Bottle
low
Barrettes - Set of 8
medium
Baseball Base Set
low
Bath Toys
high
Bath Tub Appliques
high
Bathtub Fingerpaint Set
high
Beaded Necklace
medium
Beads Perles
low
Beads Perles #2
low
Book Cover
medium
Bowling Set
low
Boxing Gloves
high
Bracelet and Earrings with Brown Jewel
medium
Cancer Awareness Accessories HOPE
high
Cars Bread Shaped Container
low
Christmas Straws
low
Christmas Window Clings
high
Christmas Window Clings - Santas
high
Clip-On Heart Earrings
medium
Clip-On Jewelry
high
Coffee Shop
low
Cookie Tray Kit
low
Custom Grip
high
Die-Cast Metal Hand Cuffs
high
Double Sided Earrings
high
Earrings Large Round Textured Edges 9 Pair
high
Earrings Oval 9 Pair
high
Earrings Small Round 12 Pair
low
Earrings Small Round Smooth Edges 9 Pair
low
Extension Cord 9 ft
high
Extremely Me Blue Necklace and Earrings Set
medium
Extremely Me Dream Necklace and Earrings Set
medium
Eyeshadow
medium
Fairies
high
Fairy Garden Blooms Placemat
medium
Fairy Magic Placemat
high
Fantasy Dress-Up Set
high
Fashion Doll
high
Fashion Earrings - 3 Pairs
medium
Fashion Girl Doll Black Hair
high
Fashion Girl Doll Blonde Hair
high
Fashion Jewelry - 3 Skulls
high
Fashion Jewelry - Silver Bracelet with Red Jewels
medium
Fashion Necklace - Lucky Star
high
Fashion Stylist
high
Favors Surprises
medium
Flannel Back Tablecover
high
Flannel Back Tablecover with Snowmen
high
Flower Earrings
medium
Garden Knee Pad
high
Gel Sticker Clings
none
Glitter 4 Girls Tattoos
low
Glitter Backpack Keychain
high
Glow in the Dark Fun Glasses
low
Gold Chain and Earrings Set
medium
Green and Pink Flip-Flops
high
Green Binder
low
Green Bowl
low
Grip Liner
high
Grow Creature
high
Haunted Tattoos
low
Headbands
high
Heart Necklaces
high
High Shine Nail Polish
low
Ice Rings
low
Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Bow
high
Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Cross
high
Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Heart
medium
Inflatable Dinosaur
high
Interchangeable Hairgoods
high
Jelly Clear Clog
high
Jelly Clear Clog 2
high
Jewelry Set
low
Juice Squeezer
low
Jumbo Necklace Gold Clock
low
Jumpin' Frogs
high
Just Be Earrings
high
Keychain Wallet
high
Krazy Straw Mason
medium
Ladies' Handbag
high
Latex Coated Palm Work Gloves
high
Li'l Playdate Pal
high
Lipgloss Wand and Comb Set
low
Mermaid Sirene
high
Mini Appetizer Spoons
low

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IMPORTANT NOTE: HealthyStuff.org ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.

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