In April 2022, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and Ecology Center joined together to:
Tell 99 Cents Only Stores to stop bargaining with our health.
On April 12, 2022, we circulated a news release titled, "Hazardous Chemicals Present in Kids’ Products at Dollar Stores, Report Finds: Major dollar store chains have been slow to improve product safety despite years of consumer pressure."
Media Placements w/José Bravo
The cost of toxic products? Just $1
"But in contrast, corporate leaders at Five Below, a recent addition to the report, have rebuffed Bravo’s requests for a meeting. Executives at 99 Cents Only met with Bravo and his team early last year and initially seemed open to working with suppliers to eliminate toxic substances, but since then, “radio silence,” said Bravo. In early March, he drove from his home in San Diego to the company’s headquarters just outside of Los Angeles. He tried to hand deliver a copy of his organization and the Healthy Stuff Lab’s findings, but a receptionist refused to take the report."
Harmful chemicals found in toys and canned food at US discount stores
"'As a parent, I should be able to buy a product without expecting to poison my child,' said Jose Bravo, national coordinator at the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, a coalition that calls on dollar stores to phase out hazardous chemicals from their products. ... Bravo says that businesses don’t have the capacity to test every product sold, adding that the federal government only intervenes when someone gets sick or dies. "
More Than Half of Dollar Store Items Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals
In the seven years since the Campaign for Healthier Solutions published their initial report on toxic chemicals in dollar store products, Bravo has seen “light years” worth of progress in addressing the issue. While 53 percent of products tested still contained chemicals of concern in 2022, that number was 80 percent of 164 products tested in 2015. Further, when the campaign has gone back and tested items that previously tested positive for lead, they have found that they tested negative the second time.
Testing finds toxic chemicals in 50% of dollar store goods
Bravo said he appreciates the brands’ attention to the issue, but that they need to expand their list of restricted chemicals and apply it to more products. He also said other dollar store chains need to do the same, and noted that representatives from 99 Cents Only Stores and Five Below have not responded to the Campaign for Healthier Solutions’ informing them of the findings.
Original tweets from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions account earned 1.3k impressions from April 12-15–the week we released our report and amplified via social media. The entire campaign was circulated both in English and Spanish languages.
Eleven organizations posted using the CHS social media kit:
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Center for Environmental Health
Center for Food Safety
Defend Our Health
Global Center for Climate Justice
Just Transition Alliance
Learning Disabilities of America, Healthy Children Project
National Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Until Data Justice Partners
Women's Voices for the Earth
Five publications tweeted about our report: The Guardian, EcoWatch, Grist, E&E News, and Treehugger. CHS's Facebook post reached 1,870 people and earned 61 engagements; 131 users sent emails to 99 Cents Only Stores executives using our Salsa action page.
April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022