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.
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.
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.
You wouldn't buy your kids something that contained toxic chemicals on purpose, would you?
Of course not.
But here's the problem. A lot of the products that we use everyday contain toxic chemicals, but manufacturers don't tell us about it. No matter how careful you are, if you don't know what is in the products your buy for your kids, there is nothing you can do. That's why we need to pass HB 5653. This bill will list the most dangerous toxic chemicals present in children's products and recommend action to remove the worst of them! Tell your legislator to stand up for kids and support HB 5653 now!
We’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!
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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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
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