Retailer report card for safer shopping
Some day, we will be able to trust in the chemical safety of the products we buy. Until then: we have the retailer’s report card. It shows how much progress 40 retailers have made to understand and eliminate toxic chemicals in everyday products. OEC is one of hundreds of allies in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, which has been challenging retailers to sell safer products since 2013.
The Good News:
- Apple, Target, Ikea and Wal-Mart are in the lead with strong policies to track and reduce thousands of toxic chemicals.
- These stores show that clothes, baby care, personal care, and cleaning products can be made without toxic substances.
- They use their purchasing power to change the way products are made—and to eliminate tons of toxics from use and disposal around the world.
- Most of the stores in last year’s report continue to make progress. Walgreens. Rite Aid and Amazon are the most improved retailers of the year.
The Work To Be Done:
- Fast food restaurants have yet to get on board to insist on packaging, gloves and other food contact materials without toxics.
- Dollar stores are also behind the curve, failing to deliver on even the most basic policies to reduce toxics.
- 12 of the 40 stores in the report have zero commitment to chemical safety, including Sally Beauty, Ace Hardware, Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
What You Can Do:
Use the tool developed by the Mind The Store campaign to send a single message to all 19 CEOs of retailers who have failed to act on chemicals.
Year after year, the Retailer Report Card proves that when people demand safer products, forward-thinking retailers have shown that it’s possible. The more that people ask them to take responsibility, the more they’ve stepped up to act.