Get Lead Out of Stanley Cups

Target: Terence Reilly, Global President of Stanley PMI

Goal: Issue clear advisories and upgrade manufacturing processes to address lead exposure concerns for Stanley cups.

One of the hottest holiday gifts was not the latest innovative electronic or fanciful toy. Instead, an insulated beverage bottle has taken the retail world by storm. Stanley cups have solidified a cult following among consumers and collectors, some of whom happily pay high mark-ups or camp out outside of stores to secure the latest 40-ounce bottle. Faithful customers tout the containers’ size, convenient design, and their plethora of trendy colors.  Recently, however, some consumers have caused the brand to go viral for an entirely different reason.

Fans have used social media to sound alarm bells about the fast-selling containers possibly containing lead. Exposure to this substance can cause a host of health concerns, ranging from behavioral problems to brain damage to high blood pressure. Buyers of the tumblers are understandably concerned, which prompted the Stanley manufacturer to respond. The company reported that a lead pellet is found inside the bottom of the cups, but exposure to the lead would only occur if the cup were to be damaged in this area.

Critics are not assured by this response, with many consumers claiming that the portion of the cup in question can be easily removed. Advocates are also worried about lead dust being transmitted from a damaged cup, especially with young children who are more prone to accidently damaging their drinkware. Lead can be particularly harmful to younger people and affect their overall development.

Sign the petition below to demand this company issue clear warnings on its products and immediately explore manufacturing alternatives that contain no trace of this dangerous substance.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Reilly,

Your Quencher bottles are currently experiencing a sales renaissance, but with this increased popularity comes increased responsibility. While you have assured customers that your products do not pose a high health risk, you have admitted that lead exposure is possible. This precaution needs to be clearly outlined on your products, especially for the benefit of families who have small children who can more easily damage even the most resilient bottles.

Moreover, alternative manufacturing methods (that do not contain lead) should be a top priority. This substance can negatively impact people for the rest of their lives. Help eliminate the danger for the food and beverage industry and establish this company as a forward-thinking leader that values its loyal consumers and their well-being.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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