Walgreens Customers Say Chain Sells Products with Harmful Chemicals, says
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Health and Environmental Advocates Gather Petitions Online and In Stores this
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health advocates and
Walgreens customers are joining together this week in calling on the nation's
largest pharmacy chain to sell safer products. Today, they are launching a
"Week of Action" to press Walgreens to respond to a campaign that asks the
retailer to stop selling products ranging from cleaners, cosmetics, pet toys
and household items that contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth
defects and other illness. The events are organized by the "Mind the Store"
campaign, which to date has gathered 150,000 petitions nationally calling on
Walgreens to adopt a safe chemicals policy.
The concerned customers will use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and make calls
and distribute flyers and hold signs outside stores in an effort to encourage
Walgreens to be a more responsible retailer. This week's actions come on the
heels of a nationwide day of action held in April.
In recent months, several major national retailers including Walmart, Target,
and Bed, Bath and Beyond have announced significant new initiatives to limit
the use of toxic chemicals that are on the Mind the Store's "Hazardous 100+"
list. The "Mind the Store" campaign, launched by numerous public health
groups, says Walgreens is considered a laggard.
This past spring, the Ecology Center tested dozens of products Walgreens
sells. Many were found to have one or more toxic chemicals
In contrast to American based stores, Walgreens is in the midst of completing
a merger with UK pharmacy chain Alliance Boots. Boots has a sustainable
chemicals policy that is considered a model in retailing, and as a result, its
customers benefit from safer products. Walgreens has acknowledged it is
studying the Boots model for product sustainability, but has no made no
commitment to apply it to the benefit of U.S. customers.
"Walgreens customers in the U.S. deserve the same safe products the company
sells to its' British customers," said Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign
Director with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. "As the nation's largest
pharmacy chain dedicated to health and wellness, Walgreens has a
responsibility to sell products that don't contain harmful chemicals."
For more information, pictures and multimedia on the Walgreens Week of Action,
SOURCE Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Contact: Tony Iallonardo, 202.503.8581, TonyIallonardo@SaferChemicals.org.
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