New Mind the Store initiative calls on the largest U.S. retailers to restrict the most Hazardous 100+ chemicals.
“It’s not feasible to ask the average person to keep 100+ chemicals in their head when they go to the store”
In fact, it’s usually impossible for us to find out if and where these chemicals are lurking, and they are lurking almost everywhere! Store buyers can, however, ask their suppliers to provide supply chain information on chemicals used, and can ask for safe, non-toxic products and materials for their customers.
“Our coalition came together around a shared critique of our government’s failure to protect the public from toxic chemicals and a shared platform for how to fix our policies. But most importantly we came together with a shared moral urgency to reduce the suffering caused by chronic diseases like cancer, disabilities and autism that are linked to chemical exposure.”
What is the Hazardous 100+ list?
The Hazardous 100+ List of Chemicals of High Concern represents a small subset of all inherently hazardous chemicals of concern to which humans and the environment may be exposed in certain consumer products. Scientists have established links between exposures to many of these chemicals and chronic diseases and health conditions, including cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, obesity, diabetes, and asthma.
Unfortunately, consumers cannot simply shop their way around these chemicals. Major retailers have the power—and responsibility—to relieve this burden from their customers by working with suppliers to replace the Hazardous 100+ chemicals with safer alternatives. …
Download the complete Hazardous 100+ list [PDF]
Here’s a great article by Wendy Koch in USA Today
“Ten retailers urged to pull potentially toxic products”
We can all get involved! In fact, unless we do, nothing will change!
Ask your store to take responsibility and provide safe products and materials.
Visit http://mindthestore.saferchemicals.org/ for more information.