Over the past few years, the Ecology Center's HealthyStuff.org project has tested more than ten thousand consumer products for toxic chemicals.
Now to make site even more useful for thoughtful consumers, a new feature called the Retailer Center will make all of that testing data more accessible.
"On the Retailer Center, consumers will be able to see the toxicity rating of products sorted by popular stores, including top ten U.S. retailers likeTarget, Walmart and Walgreens," according to Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center and director of HealthyStuff.org.
"While some retailers have taken steps to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, our lab continues to find high levels of lead, chlorine and bromine in common outdoor, household and children’s products," Gearhart says. "We think consumers deserve a right-to-know about toxic chemicals in the products they buy, and our new Retailer Center will allow them to see which stores are leading the pack and which ones are laggards in getting toxic chemicals off their shelves."
More than 100,000 consumers have signed up for regular updates and testing results from HealthyStuff.org.
The project plays an advocacy role as well as the service it provides by testing consumer products. "In addition to providing information, we're also asking consumers to join us in the Mind the Store national campaign to ask major retailers to stop selling these toxic products," Gearhart said.
EcoLink — February 2014
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