As many of you know, I’ve been working with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families for many years on their Mind the Store Campaign. This is a national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals. I’ve visited Walgreens, Costco and devoted plenty of blog posts to this campaign.
I’m often asked why I take the time to visit retailers. Since the government isn’t doing their job protecting us from these chemicals through regulation, we have no other option but to place consumer pressure on retailers to create safer chemical policies. And it’s working!
What is the Mind the Store Campaign?
There’s some good news. Since the Mind the Store campaign started in 2013, several major US retailers, including Walmart, Target, and CVS, have announced significant initiatives to limit the use of toxic chemicals. Consumer pressure does work!
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Mind the Store campaign today released its second annual report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products. New stores are featured in this report, including, Trader Joe’s, Sephora, Sally Beauty, and Ulta.
T.J. Maxx Gets an “F”
T.J.Maxx received an F grade, which shows that they have nothing in place when it comes to toxic chemicals. This is unacceptable.
T.J. Maxx wasn’t the only retailer receiving an “F”. There were nine others: Ace Hardware, grocery chain owner Ahold Delhaize, Dollar General, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Sally Beauty, TJX, Toys”R”Us / Babies”R”Us, and Trader Joe’s. Before you kick off your holiday shopping take a moment to check out the full list here: RetailerReportCard.com.
Now it’s time for T.J.Maxx to join other retailers and develop a safer chemicals policy to disclose, restrict, and eliminate harmful chemicals and make sure that replacements are truly safe.
My Visit to T.J. Maxx
I’m truly concerned that certain chemicals could be present in some of the consumer products on the shelves in these stores. Those same toxic chemicals may be found in the bodies of newborn babies, children, adults. They can also end up in household dust and indoor air, in our food and really everywhere.
There’s a T.J. Maxx about 7 minutes from my house. Today I joined forces with Clean Water Action/Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and visited my local T.J. Maxx to ask them to develop a safer chemicals policy.
What You Can Do
Retailers have the power to make substantial improvements in public health and safety, and with that power comes a moral obligation, a corporate social responsibility. Many major retailers have gotten started, but they need to do more. Retailers care about their customers, so you can help them along.
Join me along with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Clean Water Action/Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow to call on the TJX Company stores (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods) to Mind the Store and protect our families from unnecessary dangerous chemicals.
Take action! Send an email to all 30 retailers with one click.
Let’s continue to place pressure on them to do more to keep families safe. Together we can make a difference!
Is there a T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods near you?