Mind the Store
And the total comes out to… harm to your health? Consumers are exposed to thousands of harmful chemicals from the products they use every day. Personal care products, textiles, food containers and even the receipts we are handed at the register contain toxic chemicals, many linked to major health problems like cancer, infertility, and developmental issues for infants.
Clean Water Action has partnered with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families www.saferchemicals.org on the Mind the Store campaign, to urge the nation’s largest retailers to get toxic chemicals out of their stores. Since Mind the Store was launched, several major national retailers including Walmart and Target have announced significant new initiatives to disclose and limit the use of chemicals that are known hazards.
In Massachusetts, Clean Water Action is calling on three retailers headquartered in Massachusetts to clean up their act! TJX--parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods and Sierra Trading Post, Staples, and Ahold Delhaize—parent company of Stop & Shop—are all headquartered in the Bay State. Clean Water Action is calling on each of these companies to create corporate policies to address toxic chemicals.
Large retailers can have a huge influence on the market. When retailers tell their supply chains that they want safer products, or that they will no longer sell products with a particular toxic chemical, manufacturers and vendors will respond in kind. Major retailers can also reduce toxic chemical use in their stores and offices but choosing non-toxic receipt paper, building materials, cleaning products and more.
Every year the Mind the Store campaign releases a report card grading retailers on their progress towards addressing toxic chemical exposures. In 2018, TJX and Ahold Delhaize both earned an “F.” Staples fared slightly better with a “D+.” Massachusetts based retailers can do better!
What can you do?
Tell America’s top retailers: Take action on toxic chemicals in your products! Send a message to the CEOs of all 19 retailers that earned Fs in the 2018 report card. And stay tuned for the 2019 report card coming out in November!