Mind the Store
Clean Water Action has partnered with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families on the Mind the Store Campaign, to urge the nation’s top ten retailers to get toxic chemicals out of their stores. Since the Mind the Store campaign 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 and appear on the Mind the Store’s “Hazardous 100+” list.
As the country’s largest drugstore chain, Clean Water Action believes that Walgreens has the responsibility to protect the health of its customers. In a series of actions in Massachusetts in 2014 and 2015 Clean Water Action and allies have kept the pressure on Walgreens, which announced in early 2015 that it would be creating a corporate chemical policy (details have yet to be announced):
On July 16, 2014, Clean Water Action’s Boston team returned to the Boston flagship store to follow and let them know that we were still watching as the company had failed to take action to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals. This visit pointed to a new study showing that some Walgreens products contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other serious health conditions.
On April 16, 2014, youth, activists, and health professionals held a day of action at Walgreens locations nationwide to call for stronger store policies regarding toxic products sold on the retailer's shelves. In advance of the day of action, advocates purchased products that were known to be toxic, then returned them at the stores and discussed the issue with store managers. In Massachusetts visits were paid to stores in downtown Boston (pictured above), Dorchester, Marblehead, and Northampton among others. Some of the highlights from those visits are captured in this short video.
On March 24, 2015, Clean Water Action teamed up with the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition todeliver over 135,000 petitions to Walgreens’ Chinatown store in Boston signed by customers from across the country, including many from Massachusetts. The petition called on the retailer to follow through on its commitment to create a comprehensive policy to phase out toxic chemicals in products like cosmetics, children’s and cleaning products.