Lowe’s to Eliminate Toxic Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

Retail Chain Joins The Home Depot in Eliminating Harmful Chemicals, While Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards Lag Behind

(Hartford, CT) Matching a commitment from The Home Depot to eliminate phthalates in flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has become the latest retailer to pledge to eliminate the toxic chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The retailer made the commitment following a recent report, which found that 48 percent of Lowe’s flooring samples tested contained toxic phthalates. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country. The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT has also urged Lowe’s to match The Home Depot commitment.

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05/07/2015 - 07:45

The CSHC Newsletter - May 2015

We’re working hard to protect your health!!


Mind the Store—pushing top retailers to shift away from toxic chemicals—and winning!

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign.  We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products.  Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:

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Hartford Parents Deliver Over 135,000 Petitions To Walgreens – Call On Retailer To Phase Out Toxic Chemicals In Products

Actions take place as retailer is in process of developing chemicals policy

Hartford, Connecticut – Today Connecticut health and environmental advocates delivered over 135,000 petitions to Walgreens signed by their customers from across the country, including over 1800 from Connecticut, calling on the retailer to adopt a comprehensive policy to phase out toxic chemicals in products like cosmetics, children’s and cleaning products.  Advocates have been calling on the retailer to tackle toxic chemicals in their products for nearly two years now, as part of the national Mind the Store campaign.  

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03/12/2015 - 12:35

At Least Twenty Eight States to Propose Toxics Policies in 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 9, 2015) —Safer States anticipates at least 28 states will propose policies in the next year to reduce exposures to untested and toxic chemicals in consumer products. These bills build on a decade of laws passed in 35 states to protect public health and the environment.

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02/09/2015 - 12:32

Lawmakers and Advocates Urge Ban of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants From Products That Expose Children

Studies Show These Chemicals Don’t Provide Fire Safety Benefit and are Highly Toxic

Hartford, CT – Lawmakers and advocates gathered today to urge passage of a ban on toxic chlorinated tris flame retardants from children’s products.  Citing research that shows these chemicals do not provide any fire safety benefit, lawmakers pointed out that flame retardants, like chlorinated tris, are highly toxic, linked to cancer, impaired brain development, disruption of hormones and have no place in children’s products.  Certain fibers and barriers are non-toxic alternatives to these chemicals.

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03/26/2015 - 12:29

The CSHC January-February 2015 Newsletter

Mind the StoreWe’ve been busy!  We’re working on a 3 major initiatives to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and protect health!

Pushing the Market—and winning!
  We’ve teamed up with our national partners to urge the top 10 major retailers to “Mind the Store” by working with their suppliers to move away from using toxic chemicals in products they sell.  These retailers include Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Lowes and Ashley Furniture.  As a result of our work, Walmart and Target have indicated that they are moving in this direction! And on Friday, January 23rd, Ashley Furniture, the largest manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country, announced that it would move away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their products!   

Major Furniture Retailer Announces Phase Out of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Advocates Urge Other Leading Retailers to Adopt Timelines and Policies to Eliminate Harmful Chemicals

Hartford, CT – The nation’s largest furniture retailer and manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, announced that, due to increasing consumer demand and a change in California’s flammability standard, they will be moving away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their furniture.

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01/28/2015 - 19:18

New England Currents - Fall 2014

New England Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

The Underground Battle for Climate and Communities

Hundreds from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire rallied this summer on the Boston Common to protest an ill-conceived proposal for gas expansion through New England. This pipeline, the latest project of Texan billionaire Richard Kinder, would ship a massive quantity of gas — fracked straight from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale — through wetlands and watersheds, conservation lands, fruit orchards and private residential properties.

Public outcry, community organizing, and legal and political advocacy have made this a front-burner issue. “It’s time to set the record straight about the role of gas in our energy future,” says Clean Water Action’s Joel Wool. When you look carefully, Wool says, gas is neither cheap, homegrown nor reliable: Read more 

Protecting Hartford’s Drinking Water: City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

HARTFORD - Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings for introducing the resolution and for her continued leadership on environmental issues.
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10/15/2014 - 07:13
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