April 11th, 2013

I Want Safer Products Free from Toxic Chemicals

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Today I asked Walgreens to take steps to remove toxic chemicals from the products they sell. Here’s how it all went down.

Remember when I was pushed a bit outside my comfort zone and went into the Disney store to deliver my petition? Well I’m at it again and this time I’m asking Walgreens to Mind the Store.

What is the Mind the Store campaign?

“The federal government isn’t minding the store, so the stores need to mind the store,” Andy Igrejas of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families – USA Today.

Groovy Green Livin Safer ProductsI’m working with several other bloggers and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families on their new campaign called  Mind the Store. Together we’re asking the nation’s top 10 retailers to avoid carrying what are being calling the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals. These toxic chemicals have been linked to cancer,infertilitylearning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems,obesity, diabetes, and asthma.

Our concern is that certain chemicals could be present in some of the consumer products on the shelves in the store. Those same toxic chemicals may be found in the bodies of newborn babies, children, adults and in household dust and indoor air, in our food and really everywhere.

Most of the 10 retailers have taken some steps to move away from toxics (which is fantastic!), but don’t have an internal chemical policy. Safer Chemicals Healthy Families goal is to work with them to develop these policies.

My job was to visit Walgreens and explain the Mind the Store campaign. I was happy to have Walgreens as my assigned store since they have already taken steps to reduce their environmental impact and improve sustainability by launching their own line of products free of parabens, pthalates, formaldehyde and other toxins. Here’s another chance for them to be an industry leader.

Here I am just before heading into Walgreens.

My visit to Walgreens

Right outside Walgreens I ran into a woman I knew from our preschool. Perfect timing. She was enlisted to take a few photos of me with the letter I was about to deliver to Walgreens. I went inside and asked to speak with the store manager. He was extremely nice and listed we had a great conversation about the Mind the Store Campaign. He explained to me that there’s not much he can do at the store level-any change really has to come from the corporate office. I asked him to send the letter on to the CEO of Walgreen and he agreed. I tried to grab a photo with him, but that’s where he drew the line.

What we’re asking

We will continue to ask Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, but in the meantime we want retailers to determine if they have any of the Hazardous 100+ in the products they sell. If they do we want them to create a timeline to address these chemicals including reducing, eliminating or safely substituting the chemicals.

How you can help

Join us in telling the top 10 retailers in the US that it’s time to get tough on toxic chemicals and move away from the Hazardous 100+.   Together we can really start to move the marketplace towards safer chemicals. Click HERE to add your personal message to all ten stores.

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Check out some of the other amazing bloggers participating in this campaign.

I’ll add more as they go live!

 

45 Responses to “I Want Safer Products Free from Toxic Chemicals”

  1. Great work Lori! You are such an amazing leader on this issue. Glad the trip went well and can’t wait to see if Walgreens will become a leader in moving the market away from toxic chemicals!

  2. With you all the way girlie!!
    Shane@EnviroBooty recently posted..How to Be Green? Join with Me and Show Support for Safe Products!My Profile

  3. Way to go Lori! Thanks for going outside your comfort zone again for such an important issue!
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted..Why We Should Ask Congress to Support Organic Farming (Sign the Petition!)My Profile

  4. Wow you go girl! So proud of you I’ve got to tell a couple of my girlfriends about you, they’ll be in love! :))
    ~Katie

  5. Way to go Lori! I am right there with you as I battle the toxic building industry…

  6. Hi Lori!

    Great video and post. Can’t wait to see what happened!

    Katy
    Katy recently posted..Retailers: Mind the Store and Protect Your Customers from Toxic ChemicalsMy Profile

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  9. It’s great that the Walgreens CEO will be hearing from local store managers and consumers from around the country. Thanks for doing this!

  10. First Disney and then Walgreens…go girl!
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  11. Love the way you’ve taken this cause right to the source. Our kids deserve nothing less than safe, healthy products. Thanks!

  12. Thanks Ronnie!

  13. Thanks Tiffany!

  14. Thanks for your support Tara!

  15. Thanks Katy! When are you heading to your store?

  16. Thanks Katie.

  17. Thanks Katie!

  18. Thanks Anna. I know you’re right there with me! So nice to be in this together.

  19. Thanks Micaela. This one was actually great! The store manager at Walgreens was so nice.

  20. As are you Lindsay! Looking forward to seeing a positive response from Walgreens.

  21. I know you are Shane. Happy to be with you on this!

  22. I’m so glad that we’re in this together! It’s exciting to be a part of something so important. Great job asking Walgreen’s to Mind the Store!
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  23. Hi Lori, great job! I am glad the store manager listened and hopefully he sticks to his word and passes the letter on to the CEO of Walgreens. Thank you so much for taking action! I am glad that Walgreens has started their own safe line of products, and hopefully they will continue in this positive direction!

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