Success: Home Depot Removes Bee Pesticides From Its Shelves

The miraculous work of bees.

Target: Craig Menear; chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot

Goal: Praise the largest home improvement retailer in world for removing pesticides from its shelves that kill bees.

Home Depot will stop using bee-killing pesticides thanks to pressure from communities like ForceChange. First, Lowe’s agreed to remove these products from their shelves and now, Home Depot, which is even larger and faster-growing than Lowe’s, has also agreed to remove these dangerous products. We want to see responsible behavior by giant corporations and when they act in our interest, it’s important to let them know.

Bees are more important to our food supply than many people realize. They are responsible for pollinating many crops and, in the end, contribute to the production of a third of the food we eat. In addition to playing such a critical role in our food supply, bees also play an important role in the health and balance of the ecosystems they live in.

At the same time, scientific research has identified toxic pesticides, called neonicotinoids, as one of the reasons for the frightening collapse of bee colonies and a terrifying decline in bee populations. Now, we’re also learning that bees may actually become addicted to the very poisons that are killing them.

Please thank this global company for removing products that are toxic to our health. Let them know that consumers are aware of their actions and that they appreciate it when a company does something responsible.


Dear Chairman, CEO and President Menear,

I want to thank Home Depot for joining Lowe’s in removing bee-killing pesticides from their shelves. All of us benefit from this decision as the two largest home improvement chains in the world stop selling a product that threatens our food supply.

I believe we don’t have to settle for a world in which products are sold that threaten the health of ecosystems we depend on and I appreciate it when Home Depot supports that belief. We have enough creativity and ingenuity to develop safe and effective products, especially since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sees little actual benefit to neonicotinoids in the face of overwhelming risk.

I know our economy can develop and promote products that enhance our lives instead of threatening them. I look forward to seeing that philosophy on your store shelves.


[Your Name Here]

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