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Campaign for Healthier Solutions

Our Campaign is Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Dollar Store Items!

Unfortunately, millions of American families live in intentionally food-deprived areas without access to fresh fruits and vegetables—forcing them to rely on dollar stores for much of their food and household items. We tested dollar store products and found that many contain toxic chemicals at alarming levels. Sadly, the nation's largest dollar store chains have done very little to protect our families and their workers.

People of color and low-income communities are often already over-exposed to toxic chemicals and unhealthy foods, and that’s why the Campaign for Healthier Solutions is working to get toxic chemicals out of dollar stores. Our campaign is focused on environmental and economic justice, led by grassroots community activists, and we’re fighting to make sure dollar stores help solve our problems—instead of adding to them.

We’ve already won partial commitments from some of the nation’s largest dollar stores, but there’s still lots of work to do to get them caught up to other major retailers. Please support our work for a more just and nontoxic future.

Stay tuned for campaign events and yearly actions you can join to get involved!

Follow us to get the latest updates and opportunities to push for safer products, and act today to support our work for safe products and food for ALL people.


Campaign Background

All families deserve safe and healthy products, and all communities deserve business partners that will prioritize the health of their customers.

Yudith NietoRates of diseases and health conditions linked to chemical exposures have risen sharply across the United States over the past several decades, especially for children. Many manufacturing and retail businesses have responded to growing scientific evidence that dozens of chemicals used in everyday consumer products are harmful to health and the environment, and to consumer demand for safer products, by committing to identify and replace harmful chemicals in the products they make and sell.

Although some discount retailers (commonly called "dollar stores") 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.

On these pages, you can:

  • Take action to encourage dollar stores to phase out harmful chemicals;

  • Learn more about toxic chemicals in everyday products and how dollar stores can be part of the solution;

  • Find resources for your business and community;

  • Add your organization to the list of allies who endorse this campaign and

  • Share this campaign on your social networks!

  • Contribute to the campaign with a tax-deductible donation that will help us create the kind of exposure that will get dollar stores to protect all families and remove toxic chemicals from their products! 


Read the News Release

Read the Report: A Day Late And A Dollar Short







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