Earlier this month our HealthyStuff.org project collaborated with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions to release multi-state survey of dollar store products. After testing 164 products from four of the major dollar store chains (Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only) in six U.S. states for a number of toxic chemicals, we published our results online (by state and by retailer). Alarmingly, 81% of the products (133 out of 164) tested contained at least one hazardous chemical above what we consider levels of concern, and 49% of the products contained two or more.
On the same day that the 2015 Dollar Store Study was published, local news agencies from both Albuquerque, NM (KRQUE) and Houston, TX (KPRC Click2Houston.com) featured stories on the study in their nightly news shows. The reporters at KPRC Houston even included a family practitioner in their report in order to verify and support the study’s stance on the dangers of these toxic chemicals.
People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), a nonprofit based in West Virginia, also responded to the study on the same day, adding their support to the Campaign for Healthier Solutions. PCACS even created a video for their release, highlighting the ways in which communities of color and low-income families are especially at-risk, communities which are already disproportionately exposed to environmental health risks.
Please take a moment to send this letter to the CEOs of Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar. It shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds, and through similar efforts, major retailers like Walmart and Target have made significant changes in how they stock their shelves.