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Nationwide: Mind the Store: Call to action: tell the nation’s top ten retailers to get tough on toxic chemicals!
Modern chemistry has done wonders to keep our houses clean, crops safe, and industries thriving. But many chemicals used in these practices are taking a toll on our health and environment. Chemicals such as DDT and PCBs are reported to be a problem of the past, but these threats may only have been replaced with other pesticides, plasticizers and flame retardants. Unfortunately, chemicals are found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we garden in. And they’re in everyday household products, such as our lotions, cell phones and sofas. Many of these chemicals are absorbed into our bodies and remain for years.
The Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law that should protect us from these hazards, is badly broken. It was enacted in 1976, yet has only regulated five chemicals of the more than 80,000 in use. Safer chemical policies are needed to protect public health and the environment, while restoring confidence in the safety of the products on store shelves. While we work to reform federal policy, we have an opportunity to push companies directly to use their power to phase out toxic chemicals from products.
The Mind the Store Campaign was launched this past year to convince retailers to work with their suppliers to move product lines away from the top 100 most hazardous chemicals. The effort is focused on the top 10 retailers in the country: Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Kroger, and Safeway. We know that if the most powerful retailers on the market call for change that other companies and elected officials will follow.
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