We're pressuring retailers to clear toxics off their shelves
“Retailers have the power to make substantial improvements in public health and safety, and with that power comes a moral obligation, a corporate social responsibility,” according to Jeff Gearhart, research director of the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org program. “That’s why we’ve joined a nation-wide coalition of groups on a campaign to ask major retailers to phase out potentially toxic chemicals from their shelves.”
The “Mind the Store” campaign includes dozens of organizations coast to coast brought together by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition advocating for stronger regulation of toxic chemicals to keep them out of workplaces and household products.
If you agree that it's time to get tough on hazardous chemicals and start moving the marketplace toward safer alternatives, you can sign our petition and have your message delivered to the CEOs of ten top retailers across the country, including Walmart, Target, Costco, Kroger, Walgreen's, Home Depot, CVS Caremark, Lowe's, Best Buy and Safeway.
“We were thrilled when the Safe Chemicals Act was introduced in Congress earlier this month, which would restrict the use of hazardous chemicals and hold manufacturers responsible for ensuring the safety of new chemicals,” Gearhart says. “But while we’re waiting for Congress to act, we’re frustrated with the government’s current lack of power to collect data and regulate toxic chemicals.”
Hence the “Mind the Store” campaign, urging retailers to phase out some of the most toxic chemicals used in thousands of everyday products, including wrinkle-free clothes, vinyl flooring, shampoos, sofa cushions and food packaging.
“The list of priority chemicals that we're urging them to phase out focuses on chemicals widely used in consumer products, with strong evidence of their toxicity, and an emphasis on chemicals that have the potential to disrupt the health of our families - known carcinogens, developmental and reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors,” Gearhart said.
For more information or to join the campaign, see http://saferchemicals.org/category/mind_the_store/.
EcoLink — April 2013 Ecolink
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