All over the U.S.A., Dollar Stores are making big money. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Los Angeles Times have reported that Dollar Stores are one of the fastest growing and most profitable business opportunities today. Dollar stores are capturing paper products and cleaning products away from supermarkets, especially in small markets. Snack and food items are also extremely popular at the dollar price point. Balloons, toys, holiday decorations, reading glasses and other popular ancillary items are also a large factor in the popularity of dollar stores.
Dollar Tree, Inc. is an American chain of discount variety stores that sells items for $1 or less. A Fortune 500 company, Dollar Tree is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, and operates 13,600 stores throughout the 48 contiguous U.S. states and Canada. Its stores are supported by a nationwide logistics network of ten distribution centers. The company operates one-dollar stores under the names of Dollar Tree and Dollar Bills. The company also operates multi-price-point variety chains under the names Deals and Family Dollar.
Healthy Stuff, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, released a report today about toxic chemicals found in Dollar store products.
These hazardous chemicals in dollar stores are harming our families and could result in serious illness such as:
- Birth defects
- Lowered fertility
- Learning disabilities
The threats involved from buying products at discount retailers are higher in children
Exposure to harmful chemicals during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, slow growth and birth defects. The most sensitive time of pregnancy is during the first trimester (12 weeks), when organs and limbs are being formed; therefore, a fetus exposed to harmful chemicals during this time may be born with a birth defect.
Ready to ditch the dollar store products and toxic chemicals?
Such outlets tend to be located in low-income areas that often are already exposed to high levels of pollution.For many families, dollar stores are the only source of their household necessities, including food, children’s toys, and clothing.We believe that the legislation can address the cumulative and synergistic effects of exposure to hundreds of unregulated chemicals. It must be a top priority for ultimate TSCA reform.
Discount retailers need to follow this movement
“These stores get a lot of products from places like China, and many are not even tested,” said the national coordinator for the campaign. “Regretfully, in the U.S, people have to get sick before testing is done, and the government can’t monitor everything, so only about 200 chemicals out of some 80,000 have been examined, and just a handful has been banned.”
We can likewise help remove toxic chemicals in dollar stores
All families deserve safe and healthy products, and all communities deserve business partners that will prioritize the health of their customers.Although some discount retailers (commonly called “dollar stores”) have taken specific actions to remove a few harmful products from their shelves or test some of their products, none of the major dollar store chains have yet adopted comprehensive chemical disclosure or management policies. It’s time for that to change.