Laboratory testing identified high levels of phthalates in a number of products sold at Walgreens, including a 3-ring binder, vinyl shower curtain, iPod/iPhone charger, and handbag purse. Of the 13 vinyl products screened for phthalates, all 13 tested positive for regulated phthalates at levels greater than 10,000 ppm. Examples include:
- A vinyl shower curtain contained 18.2% of the phthalate DEHP.
- A vinyl 3-ring binder contained 14.3% of the phthalate DINP.
- Vinyl cleaning gloves contained 37.5% of the phthalate DINP.
- A blue handbag purse contained 4.5% of the phthalate DEHP.
- An iPod/iPhone/iPad charger contained 32.7% of the phthalate DINP.
- About 30% (13 of 44) of the products tested contained high chlorine levels, suggesting they may be made of the toxic plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl).
- A pet tennis ball contained elevated levels of lead.
- About 27% of the products tested contained antimony based flame retardants.
“Retailers such as Walgreens have the responsibility to sell products that are safe, not toxic,” said Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “While other big retailers including Target and Walmart are beginning to tackle toxic chemicals, Walgreens has yet to develop a comprehensive plan of action to address unnecessary dangerous chemicals in the products they sell.”
In recent months, several major national retailers including Walmart, Target, and Bed, Bath and Beyond 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. Walgreens is considered a laggard, having undertaken no major initiatives to address toxic chemicals in their supply chain and ignoring feedback from consumers and requests for meetings from environmental health organizations.
This event coincides with the last week of the Alaska Legislative session. SB 151, the Toxic-Free Children’s Act is still pending for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senators Coghill and McGuire. The bill would protect Alaska’s children from toxic chemicals in children’s products.
PHOTOS & VISUALS: will be available online at https://www.akaction.org/?p=3152 immediately following the event.# # # #For more information contact:
Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics at 907-222-7714 or cell 907-891-4280, or [email protected]
Tony Iallonardo, Communications Director, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, at 202-503-8581 or [email protected]
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The Hazardous 100+ list was developed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Alaska Community Action on Toxics, affiliated with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a broad-based national coalition working to protect human health and the environment from dangerous chemicals in everyday consumer products. http://mindthestore.saferchemicals.org/hazardous100+
Mind the Store – Safer Chemicals Healthy Families: It’s not feasible to ask the average consumer to keep the Hazardous 100+ chemicals in their head when they go to the store. Instead, we launched the Mind the Store campaign challenging the nation’s largest retailers to restrict the Hazardous 100+ chemicals. For example, Krogers (Fred Meyers) has a list of 101 chemicals it won’t allow in its Simple Truth brand products. Walmart changed the marketplace substantially when it listed several flame retardants and told its suppliers it wouldn’t sell products that had them. Now we are calling to Walgreens to improve their policies. http://mindthestore.saferchemicals.org
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations. We’re working with thousands of supporters to make sure we all have access to safer personal care products and smarter laws governing cosmetic safety. http://www.safecosmetics.org/
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is a statewide non-profit public interest environmental health research and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting environmental health and achieving environmental justice. The mission of Alaska Community Action on Toxics is: to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. We believe that everyone has a right to clean air, clean water and toxic-free food. We work to stop the production, proliferation, and release of toxic chemicals that may harm human health or the environment. For more information, please call 907-222-7714 or visit www.akaction.org.
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