Retailers: Mind the Store and Protect Your Customers from Toxic Chemicals

As a blogger, I regularly write about options for safer, less toxic consumer products for our homes. But while it’s important to arm consumers with good information, we have very limited access to where toxic chemicals are showing up, what their health effects are and how we can avoid them.
Due to our lax federal laws on toxic chemicals, we as consumers are burdened with carrying extensive lists to the store of which chemicals to avoid, and often times products aren’t labeled.  This is too overwhelming for sleep deprived and busy parents!

We will continue to ask Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, but in the meantime Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has launched a new campaign called Mind the Store as a way to significantly move the marketplace away from toxic chemicals. If individual consumers can move the market, imagine what would happen if major retailers started to ask their suppliers to stop using toxic chemicals?

The Mind the Store campaign is asking the big 10 biggest retailers to get tough on what we’re calling the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals. We’re asking the retailers: do not carry products that contain the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals. 

What are the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals?

The Hazardous 100+ is a list of chemicals of high concern, which at least two authoritative governmental bodies have formally identified based on strong credible scientific evidence. The team of experts from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has identified an additional group of nearly thirty chemicals that the published scientific literature or some authoritative government bodies indicate pose similar hazards. They call the combined list the Hazardous 100+.

Retailers are in the same position as we are as consumers. Since our federal laws are so broken, they often don’t have access to information on what toxic chemicals are in which products.  Some retailers have taken steps to reduce toxic chemicals in their store brands, which should be celebrated, now let’s take the next step to get tough on toxics

We’re asking these 10 retailers to “Mind the Store”!

Best Buy

Home Depot

In the coming months, I will be personally asking one of these retailers to Mind the Store. Stay tuned! I am hopeful that once these companies learn about these toxic chemicals they will work to make sure they are not sold in their stores.  I will be working closely with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families on this important issue. 


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