Tell Macy’s to Stop Selling Cancerous Cosmetics


Target: Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren

Goal: Sell safer cosmetics to lower cancer risks

If you’ve kept up with the different ways you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer then you know that avoiding cosmetics with harmful chemicals in them is key. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, on a scale of 1-10 Macy’s Inc. scored an extreme low of 1 in its progress of keeping cosmetics containing carcinogens off the shelves. Macy’s needs to take responsibility and push to only sell cosmetics that do not contain carcinogens.

If you are a survivor, know a survivor, or are an advocate for breast cancer prevention then you know how important it is to take every step possible to decrease your chances of getting cancer. If that means buying makeup that doesn’t contain carcinogens then many women are willing to make the switch. Armed with this information Macy’s should be making a much larger attempt to clear its shelves of these harmful and risky cosmetic brands for the safety of its customers. Instead it has continued selling unsafe products and has yet to begin a screening process for its products.

As a supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Macy’s should be more compelled to defend its consumers from cancer and other health risks in anyway that it can. In plenty of different cosmetics there are high levels of mercury, lead acetate, parabens, petrochemicals, and more. All of these ingredients can cause a great deal of harm to the human body and most of the time do not have to be labeled because the FDA does not have control over cosmetics.

By signing this petition you are urging Macy’s to become apart of the Safe Cosmetics Business Network and begin removing dangerous products from their shelves. Cancer is a bigger “C” than consumerism.


Dear Mr. Lundgren,

I am calling on you to take action to preserve the safety of your customers. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics you have the lowest ranking score of 1 in your progress of taking hazardous cosmetics off of your shelves. It has also been made public that you did not sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and are not apart of the Safe Cosmetics Business Network. For the benefit of your customers you should begin transitioning towards selling completely safe cosmetics.

There are many harmful chemicals and carcinogens in many of the cosmetic products that are on your shelves. Parabens, which are used in many cosmetic products, have been found in 20 human breast tumors. It was noted also that Macy’s does not screen its products nor does it have many safe alternatives. As a company that is proud to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation I believe you should be doing as much as possible to supply your customers with products that help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

There are very many companies that have taken great steps toward ridding their shelves of harmful products. I greatly believe that you could take steps to become a top seller of safe products, as you have a very large number of faithful customers. Why not try your best to keep them safe? Join the Safe Cosmetics Business Network and keep your customers safe from carcinogens.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Mike Strand via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. I use to work at Macys and they threw away the make up and marked it as hazardous.

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