Dollar Store Report, 2015

In conjunction with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Healthy Stuff tested 164 products purchased at four major discount retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—and found toxic chemicals in a majority of tested products.  

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.

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:

  • Family Dollar retailed Earrings by Mix & Co.: 6,500 ppm lead and 5,900 ppm chlorine
  • Dollar General retailed Headbands: 18.9% DiBP and 1,000 ppm antimony
  • Dollar Tree retailed Silly Straws : 1.5% DEHP and 1,300 ppm tin
  • Family Dollar retailed Vinyl Floor Runner: 18.5% DINP, 3.15% DIDP, 2.88% DEHP
  • Family Dollar retailed Custom Grip Steering Wheel Cover: 16.7% DEHP, 1.7% DINP, 0.20% DIBP, 0.11% DDP
  • Dollar Tree retailed Spider Man Dog Tags: 153 ppm lead, 11,500 ppm bromine, 3,000 ppm antimony, 140 ppm tin
  • Dollar Tree retailed Pencil Pouch: 13.7% DEHP, 0.32% DINP
  • Family Dollar retailed Bathtub Appliques  12.3% DiBP, 6.9% DEHP

Sample Listing

  Sample Name
3D5A0192
3D5A0192 1 Inch Poly Binder
3D5A0196
3D5A0196 10 Piece Storage Set
3D5A0327
3D5A0327 100 Mini Lights
3D5A0201
3D5A0201 3 Pack Squeeze Ducks
3D5A0319
3D5A0319 3 Ring Binder
3D5A0212
3D5A0212 50 Mini Indoor Lights
3D5A0221
3D5A0221 5pc Formula Car
3D5A0318
3D5A0318 60 in. Micro USB Cable
0974
0974 8 Beaded Necklaces
3D5A0259
3D5A0259 Adhesive Gem Strips
3D5A0204
3D5A0204 Adult Poncho
0977
0977 Artificial Nail Set
3D5A0205
3D5A0205 Auto Bucket
0978
0978 Avengers Assemble Backpack
3D5A0265
3D5A0265 B'Loonies
3D5A0214
3D5A0214 Baby Bottle
Barrettes
Barrettes Barrettes - Set of 8
3D5A0260
3D5A0260 Baseball Base Set
3D5A0317
3D5A0317 Bath Toys
3D5A0307 1
3D5A0307 1 Bath Tub Appliques
3D5A0183
3D5A0183 Bathtub Fingerpaint Set
0982
0982 Beaded Necklace
3D5A0315
3D5A0315 Beads Perles
3D5A0254
3D5A0254 Beads Perles #2
3D5A0264
3D5A0264 Book Cover
3D5A0263
3D5A0263 Bowling Set
3D5A0184
3D5A0184 Boxing Gloves
0985
0985 Bracelet and Earrings with Brown Jewel
0981
0981 Cancer Awareness Accessories HOPE
3D5A0224
3D5A0224 Cars Bread Shaped Container
3D5A0223
3D5A0223 Christmas Straws
3D5A0222
3D5A0222 Christmas Window Clings
3D5A0310
3D5A0310 Christmas Window Clings - Santas
0983
0983 Clip-On Heart Earrings
0989
0989 Clip-On Jewelry
3D5A0225
3D5A0225 Coffee Shop
3D5A0321
3D5A0321 Cookie Tray Kit
3D5A0191 1
3D5A0191 1 Custom Grip
0984
0984 Die-Cast Metal Hand Cuffs
0986
0986 Double Sided Earrings
DSC 0219 2
DSC 0219 2 Earrings Large Round Textured Edges 9 Pair
0987
0987 Earrings Oval 9 Pair
1039
1039 Earrings Small Round 12 Pair
1040
1040 Earrings Small Round Smooth Edges 9 Pair
3D5A0314
3D5A0314 Extension Cord 9 ft
0988
0988 Extremely Me Blue Necklace and Earrings Set
0991
0991 Extremely Me Dream Necklace and Earrings Set
3D5A0226
3D5A0226 Eyeshadow
3D5A0312
3D5A0312 Fairies
3D5A0228
3D5A0228 Fairy Garden Blooms Placemat
3D5A0230
3D5A0230 Fairy Magic Placemat
0990
0990 Fantasy Dress-Up Set
3D5A0239
3D5A0239 Fashion Doll
0992
0992 Fashion Earrings - 3 Pairs
3D5A0233
3D5A0233 Fashion Girl Doll Black Hair
3D5A0234
3D5A0234 Fashion Girl Doll Blonde Hair
0993
0993 Fashion Jewelry - 3 Skulls
1034
1034 Fashion Jewelry - Silver Bracelet with Red Jewels
1035
1035 Fashion Necklace - Lucky Star
3D5A0236
3D5A0236 Fashion Stylist
0994
0994 Favors Surprises
3D5A0218 1
3D5A0218 1 Flannel Back Tablecover
3D5A0316
3D5A0316 Flannel Back Tablecover with Snowmen
0995
0995 Flower Earrings
3D5A0219
3D5A0219 Garden Knee Pad
3D5A0215
3D5A0215 Gel Sticker Clings
3D5A0220
3D5A0220 Glitter 4 Girls Tattoos
0996
0996 Glitter Backpack Keychain
3D5A0253
3D5A0253 Glow in the Dark Fun Glasses
0997
0997 Gold Chain and Earrings Set
3D5A0329
3D5A0329 Green and Pink Flip-Flops
3D5A0240
3D5A0240 Green Binder
3D5A0244
3D5A0244 Green Bowl
3D5A0246
3D5A0246 Grip Liner
3D5A0320
3D5A0320 Grow Creature
3D5A0247
3D5A0247 Haunted Tattoos
3D5A0248
3D5A0248 Headbands
0998
0998 Heart Necklaces
3D5A0252
3D5A0252 High Shine Nail Polish
3D5A0190
3D5A0190 Ice Rings
0999
0999 Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Bow
1000
1000 Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Cross
1001
1001 Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Heart
1002
1002 Inflatable Dinosaur
1004
1004 Interchangeable Hairgoods
3D5A0210
3D5A0210 Jelly Clear Clog
3D5A0297
3D5A0297 Jelly Clear Clog 2
1005
1005 Jewelry Set
3D5A0282
3D5A0282 Juice Squeezer
1036
1036 Jumbo Necklace Gold Clock
3D5A0290
3D5A0290 Jumpin' Frogs
1006
1006 Just Be Earrings
1007
1007 Keychain Wallet
3D5A0303
3D5A0303 Krazy Straw Mason
3D5A0296
3D5A0296 Ladies' Handbag
3D5A0274
3D5A0274 Latex Coated Palm Work Gloves
3D5A0267
3D5A0267 Li'l Playdate Pal
3D5A0275
3D5A0275 Lipgloss Wand and Comb Set
3D5A0302
3D5A0302 Mermaid Sirene
1008
1008 Mini Appetizer Spoons
3D5A0293
3D5A0293 Mini Discs
1009
1009 Minnie Mouse Backpack
3D5A0273
3D5A0273 Monster High Tattoos
3D5A0328
3D5A0328 My Chic Collection Lovely Patsy Doll
3D5A0295
3D5A0295 Paddleball
1010
1010 Pencil Case - Jake
3D5A0277 1
3D5A0277 1 Pencil Pouch
1011
1011 Pencil Pouch - Sofia the First
3D5A0279 1
3D5A0279 1 Pencil Pouch 3 Rings
1012
1012 Phone Wristlet
1013
1013 Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet
3D5A0292
3D5A0292 Pink Spiked Ball
3D5A0278
3D5A0278 Placemat
3D5A0291
3D5A0291 Plastic Spoons
3D5A0281
3D5A0281 Plastic Tablecover
3D5A0294
3D5A0294 Polly Fashion Doll
1014
1014 Princess 3 Brush, Comb & Mirror Set
1015
1015 Princess Rings
1019
1019 Princess Rings 2
1016
1016 Princess Set
1017
1017 Princess Wand
3D5A0283
3D5A0283 Reusable Document Envelope
3D5A0289
3D5A0289 Reusable Gloves
3D5A0269
3D5A0269 Reusable Water Bottle
3D5A0285
3D5A0285 Round Plastic Table Cover
3D5A0300
3D5A0300 Self-Adhesive Vinyl Floor Tiles
3D5A0271
3D5A0271 Shower Curtain
3D5A0323
3D5A0323 Shower Curtain - Polka Dots
3D5A0324 1
3D5A0324 1 Silly Straws
3D5A1042
3D5A1042 Silver Cross Necklace
1020
1020 Skull Hand Jewelery
3D5A0306
3D5A0306 Slide Pencil Case
3D5A0313
3D5A0313 Slider Pencil Case - Blue
3D5A0288
3D5A0288 Snap Hand
1021
1021 Sofia the First Magical Light Up Necklace Activity
3D5A0272
3D5A0272 Spirit Family Window Decals
1022
1022 Stick-On Earrings & Rings Set
3D5A0268
3D5A0268 Sticky Back Foam Sheets
1024
1024 Stone Stretch Bracelet
1025
1025 Stretch Ring
3D5A0280
3D5A0280 Sweet Glitz Beauty Make Up Palette
3D5A0286
3D5A0286 Table Tennis
3D5A0311
3D5A0311 Tablecloth - Blue
3D5A0325
3D5A0325 Tablecloth - Red and Green
3D5A0301
3D5A0301 Teether Beads
1026
1026 Texting Necklace
1027
1027 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Coin Bank
1028
1028 Tiaras
3D5A0299
3D5A0299 Toilet Bowl Cleaner
3D5A0270 0
3D5A0270 0 Treat Bags
3D5A0326
3D5A0326 Tub Mat
1029
1029 Tween Fun Glow
1030
1030 Tween Fun Glow - 2
DSC 022
DSC 022 Ultimate Spider Man Dog Tags
1031
1031 Ultimate Spider-Man 3 Boys' Briefs
3D5A0304
3D5A0304 USB Charging Cable
3D5A0298
3D5A0298 Vanillaroma
3D5A0185 1
3D5A0185 1 Vinyl Floor Runner
3D5A0309
3D5A0309 Watering Can
1033
1033 Wedding Day
3D5A0308
3D5A0308 Window Clings
3D5A0322
3D5A0322 Window Clings - Decoration Theme
3D5A0305
3D5A0305 Wireless Gear
3D5A0287
3D5A0287 Zyrofoam