Target: Andy Igrejas, Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Goal: Commend efforts to remove toxic products from shopping establishments.
Most of us don’t realize it, but some of our favorite products and common household items contain toxic chemicals. Bottles of shampoo have phthalates, cleverly hidden under the pseudonym of ‘fragrance’; t-shirts are laced with formaldehyde to keep them wrinkle-free; and even your couch releases chemicals that can, if you have children, severely harm their mental development. Loopholes and lack of research coupled with apathy have caused a crisis that, if not addressed, could cause havoc for the health of consumers and the environment.
Through the creation of an organization called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, director Andy Igrejas and eleven million health professionals, parents, advocates and environmentalists are standing up to chemical companies and their distributors. Together, they are working to inform the public of the harmful, cancer-causing chemicals that seep into our most heavily used household products and which are found hidden in the most unlikely of places.
The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition has created a campaign called ‘Mind The Store,’ which seeks to target big names like Costco, CVS, Kroger, Lowe’s and Walgreens, to name a few, and encourage them to remove chemically laced and toxic products from their store shelves and replace them with healthier, non-toxic alternatives. Target and Walmart have reportedly joined SCHF in the fight against toxic consumer products, by phasing out or removing toxic products from their inventories.
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has also created a list of the 100 most hazardous chemicals found in consumer products. Ranging from toothbrushes and non-stick pans to mattresses and gardening hoses, these products, some of which are used nearly every day, contain chemicals that are linked to cancer, reproductive damage, hormone disruption and birth defects. Lobbyists, activists and environmentalists have used the list to dramatically change the way the American government feels about consumer health. They’ve even convinced the Environmental Protection Agency to expand their required testing and regulation from only five common chemicals to over 200.
By signing this petition you’ll let Andy Igrejas and the rest of his supporters know that you stand with him in the fight to inform consumers about toxic chemicals in household products, and commend efforts to remove these products from store shelves.
Dear Andy Igrejas,
I am writing you today to commend you for your efforts to remove toxic, deadly products from the shelves of some of the biggest retailers. As a consumer, I make choices about the products I choose to buy and bring into my home, but it has become increasingly difficult to know all of the toxins that find their way into these heavily-used and common household items. Through the creation of Safer Chemicals, Healthier Families and the campaign ‘Mind The Store,’ you’ve put at ease the minds of millions of consumers who now know what products to avoid and how to save their families from being impacted by the negative effects of toxic products.
Thank you for your outstanding lobbying, and I wish you further success in the creation of a chemical-free world.
[Your Name Here]
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