Target: Robert A. McDonald, CEO of Procter and Gamble
Goal: Replace all toxic chemicals with organic ingredients in Dawn dish soap.
It’s puzzling how a company that promotes itself as a rescuer of wildlife can get away with selling products containing toxic ingredients and tested on animals. It’s not as surprising, though, once you learn that the company is Procter and Gamble. Procter and Gamble owns Dawn dish soap, a product full of toxic chemicals, encased in plastic packaging with images of seals, ducks and claims of caring about wildlife on it. Tell Robert A. McDonald actions speak louder than words. Tell him to prove that his company is really concerned about its customers and wildlife by switching to only organic ingredients in Dawn dish soap.
To list just a few of the toxic ingredients found in Dawn dish soap, there’s Trisoclan, an ingredient found in some of Dawn’s antibacterial dish soap products. This chemical has been linked to heart disease and heart failure and it also impairs muscle function. Studies have also shown it to be a potential endocrine disruptor, which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and other developmental disorders. Another chemical, sodium bisulfate, can cause life-threatening side effects if ingested. Quaternium 15 is a formaldehyde releaser that can irritate skin and eyes as well as cause non-reproductive organ toxicity. The European Union has deemed it unsafe for use in cosmetics. And of course there’s the ever- mysterious “fragrance,” which the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require companies to list the chemical makeup of.
For a company with billions of dollars at its disposal, it’s certainly being cheap with its quality. Tell Robert A. McDonald we shouldn’t have to be chemistry majors in order to understand the products we’re using in our homes. Tell him it also doesn’t make sense that a product meant to be used on dishes which will be eaten off of would contain ingredients that could be poisonous if ingested. Ask Robert A. McDonald to change all of Dawn’s dish soap ingredients into non-toxic, organic ones.
Dear Robert A. McDonald,
Your company makes close to $1 trillion each year, and yet you still use cheap, toxic ingredients in your products. Dawn dish soap, one of the country’s most popular dish soaps, is full of chemicals that can cause cancer, heart and muscle failure, and birth defects. Do you honestly think the customers who provide your company with its billion-dollar profits deserve to be putting these toxic chemicals on their skin rather than organic ones?
Using toxic chemicals is not only bad for the health of your customers, it is bad for the environment as well. The chemicals in your products end up leeching into soil and water supplies, contaminating them as a result. For a company to put pictures of cute forest animals on its products and not only test those products on animals, but allow toxic chemicals into the environment, is deceptive, ignorant and irresponsible. We urge you to prove how much your care about the environment and your customers by removing all toxic chemicals from Dawn dish soap and using only organic ingredients instead.
[Your Name Here]
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