All families deserve safe and healthy products, and all communities deserve business partners that will prioritize the health of their customers. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions is a dynamic, environmental justice-based market campaign to get toxic chemicals out of products and food sold at discount retail stores (also known as “dollar stores”).
Rates of diseases and health conditions linked to chemical exposures have risen sharply across the United States over the past several decades, especially for children. Growing scientific evidence shows that dozens of chemicals used in everyday consumer products are harmful to our health and the environment, and many more remain untested. Many manufacturing and retail businesses have responded to growing consumer demand for safer products by committing to identify and replace harmful chemicals in the products they make and sell.
Although some discount retailers have taken specific actions to remove a few harmful products from their shelves or test some of their products, none of the major dollar store chains have yet adopted comprehensive chemical disclosure or management policies. It's time for that to change.
Over 100 diverse environmental justice, medical, public health, community, women's and other organizations have launched the Campaign Healthier Solutions to challenge discount retailers -- including Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only -- to follow Walmart, Target, Staples, and other retailers by adopting corporate policies to identify and remove harmful chemicals from their stores.
Click here to visit the Campaign for Healthier Solutions website, with research reports, background materials, media links and action alerts. You can also check out the Campaign Facebook page.