Campaign for Healthier Solutions
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Steve Taylor, 802-251-0203 ext. 703, email@example.com
- February 11, 2020 - Los Angeles, CA — Protesters gathered outside 99 Cents Only Stores headquarters today in Commerce, California, demanding that the discount chain stop selling products with toxic chemicals linked to birth defects, cancer, learning disabilities, and other serious illnesses. The communities served by 99 Cents Only Stores are predominantly people of color and low-income, already disproportionately
exposed to environmental harm and suffering from economic and health disparities. Read the press release here.
November 19, 2019 — Shortly before Black Friday, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Coming Clean, and the Mind the Store campaign released our annual report card grading retailers on the actions they have taken to protect customers from toxic chemicals in consumer products and food packaging. Our 2019 report card has revealed substantial progress by some dollar stores. For the first time, Dollar General is taking action by implementing a policy to ban eight toxic chemicals in private-label beauty, personal care, and household cleaning products over the next three years. Dollar General has also committed to expanding its action on toxic chemicals in the coming years. Dollar Tree has committed to removing 17 highly-hazardous chemicals from products it sells by the end of the year and recently joined the Chemical Footprint Project, a system that helps companies assess their market risk from toxic chemicals and opportunities for safer alternatives. 99 Cents Only Stores earned an ‘F’ grade and scored zero points for the second year in a row. Read more.
June 13, 2019 - Chesapeake, VA — Customers and parents attended the annual shareholder meeting of Dollar Tree, Inc. and urged executives to tell the public what progress they are making toward their commitment to remove 17 highly-hazardous chemicals from products it sells. They also asked executives to move toward selling fresh fruit and vegetables in its 'snack zone' concept rather than just junk food. Dollar Tree executives did not announce new policies to protect customers, but said they are listening to shareholder concerns and trying to do the right thing. They also said they plan to issue another sustainability report before the end of this year which will summarize the company's progress on efforts to address toxic chemicals in products. Read the release here.
- May 29, 2019 - Nashville, TN — The Campaign for Healthier Solutions, a coalition of health experts, parents, and concerned customers, attended Dollar General Corporation's annual shareholder meeting and urged the national discount retailer to take action to protect customers from toxic chemicals found in products, toys, and food sold by the chain. After purchasing shares to gain access to the meeting, these customers and experts shared their concerns directly with executives and some of the corporation's top shareholders and encouraged steps toward publicly accountable chemicals management policies as other retailers have already done. The campaign also held a brief meeting with the Dollar General executive team following the shareholder activities but no new actions toward customer health and safety were announced. Read the press release here.
- 29 de Mayo, 2019 - Nashville, TN — Una coalición de expertos en materia de la salud, padres de familia y consumidores consternados asistieron a la junta anual de accionistas de la Corporación de Dollar General e instaron a la cadena nacional de descuentos a tomar medidas para proteger a sus clientes de sustancias químicas toxicas halladas en productos, juguetes, y alimentos de venta por la cadena. Después de haber adquirido acciones de la empresa para poder tener acceso a la reunión, estos consumidores y expertos compartieron sus preocupaciones directamente con los ejecutivos y algunos de los accionistas más grandes de la empresa y los alentaron a tomar medidas hacia políticas de manejo de sustancias químicas con rendición de cuentas al público así como ya lo han hecho otras cadenas de tiendas. Activistas llevaron a cabo una breve reunión con el equipo ejecutivo de Dollar General que tuvo lugar después de las actividades de los accionistas, pero no se anunció ninguna acción hacia la salud y seguridad de los consumidores. Lee el comunicado de prensa.
- May 24, 2019 - National Geographic covered the Campaign for Healthier Solutions in an excellent article on toxic chemicals in plastics. Here's what they had to say: "Dollar stores, those ubiquitous businesses that sell everything from bathroom cleaner to eggs, are starting to take action that begins to right what consumer advocates call a clear wrong: Many of the plastic products on their shelves contain chemicals that can have grave health effects for their customers." Read the full story here.
- May 6, 2019 - One of the nation's largest discount retail chains, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, has taken an important step toward increased health and safety for customers by joining the Chemical Footprint Project, a bench-marking metric that helps companies assess their market risk from toxic chemicals and understand the opportunities for safer chemicals in its supply chain. Read the press release here.
- April 17, 2019 - Just before Easter, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions held our own ‘Toxic Easter Egg Activity’ outside the headquarters of LA-based dollar store chain, 99 Cents Only Stores. Read the press release in English and Spanish.
- November 14, 2018 - The Campaign for Healthier Solutions and Mind the Store Campaign released our annual report card on retailer’s actions to protect customers from toxic chemicals in consumer products. For the second year, dollar store chains lagged far behind the pack. Read the release the release in English or Spanish, and view more background information here.
- June 14, 2018 - Customers Urge Dollar Tree to Act on Toxic Chemicals in Products, Junk Food "Snack Zones" at Annual Shareholder Meeting. Read the news release here.
- May 30, 2018 - Customers Urge Dollar General Executives to Act on Toxic Chemicals in Products at Annual Shareholder Meeting. Read the news release in English or Spanish.
- March 28, 2018 - Educational Video Highlights Toxic Chemicals Found in Microwave Popcorn. Read the news release in English or Spanish.
- December 5, 2017 - Shoppers, Parents and Health Experts Visit 80+ Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Locations Asking for Toxic Chemical Safety this Holiday Season. Read the news release in English or Spanish.
- November 14, 2017 - Major Retailers Graded on Toxic Chemicals in Products and Packaging - Dollar General and Dollar Tree Falling Behind Competition Regarding Safer Products. Get more information here.
- June 22, 2017 - Dollar Tree says it's protecting consumers from toxic chemicals - Group wants proof. Read the article here.
- June 15, 2017 - Dollar Tree Customers Confront Executives At Shareholder Meeting Asking For Nontoxic Products - But Receive No Answers. Read the news release.
- April 18, 2017 - Public Health Campaign Says Dollar General's Illegal Hazardous Waste Treatment is Another Example of Careless Corporate Behavior Endangering Communities. Read the news release.
- 1 de diciembre, 2016 - Consumidores y grupos de salud llevan a cabo más de 65 reuniones con gerentes de tiendas y manifestaciones contra sustancias químicas toxicas encontradas en productos de dollar tree. Lee el comunicado de prensa.
- December 1, 2016 - Campaign supporters across the country call on Dollar Tree to address toxic chemicals in its products through demonstrations, shopper education events, and meetings with store managers of Dollar Tree locations in 26 states. Read the news release.
- September 15, 2016 - On August 16th, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, the American Sustainable Business Council, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to press for action on toxic chemicals found in products purchased from ‘dollar stores’. Read the news release.
- August 10, 2016 - The Campaign for Healthier Solutions responded to Dollar Tree’s recently released 2016 ‘Sustainability Report’ expressing deep concern that the company has made no improvements or adopted new policies to identify and phase out toxic chemicals from products it sells since its last report in 2013. Read the news release.
- March 31, 2016 - The Campaign for Healthier Solutions and our partners have released a new report in which nearly 200 food cans were tested for the toxic chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). Nearly 75% of all cans purchased from discount retailers Dollar Tree, Dollar General, 99 Cents Only and Family Dollar were found to contain BPA in their can lining. Read more.
- March 11, 2016 - Protestors Deliver more than 150,000 Petition Signatures to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar in Albaquerque Highlighting Dangerous Chemicals Found In Toys and Other Products. Read the news release.
- November 12, 2015 - Campaign delivers 150,000 petition signatures to Dollar General calling for nontoxic products, but executives will not commit to protecting their customers by taking toxics off their shelves. Read the news release.
- November 9, 2015 - Campaign leaders deliver 150,000 signatures from across the U.S. to the national headquarters of 99 Cents Only asking the company to get toxic chemicals out of the products it sells. Read the media advisory.
- February 4, 2015 – Over 100 diverse organizations launch the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, calling on discount retail chains to adopt policies to remove harmful chemicals from the products they sell. Read the news release.
- August 4, 2014 – New Mega Merger Provides Opportunity to Provide Safer Products – Health, business, consumer, and community advocates see the potential dollar store chains mega-merger as an opportunity for one of the largest retail operations serving low-income customers to improve the safety of its products. Read the news release.
Media & Related News
- March 12, 2016 – KUNM News Story: Shoppers Urge Dollar Stores To Go Nontoxic.
- November 12, 2015 – Deomstration Held Outside 99 Cents only Headquarters
- September 15, 2015 – Hidden Toxins Contaminate Black Homes
- April 8, 2015 – The 10 Most Toxic Items At Dollar Stores
- March 6, 2015 – The Right Chemistry: 5 essential practices help assure safer chemicals in products
- February 4, 2015 – Cuidado con productos tóxicos en tiendas de 99 centavos
- January 22, 2015 – Family Dollar shareholders approve sale to Dollar Tree
- September 2, 2014 – Dollar General Raises Bid for Family Dollar as Buyout Fight Heats Up
- August 1, 2014 – Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Family Dollar-Dollar Tree Deal
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