*According to an email sent to EURweb publisher, Lee Bailey, by Momsrising.org, a grassroots organization that takes on issues concerning women and families with aims to educate the public in the process, Walgreens continues to sell products that they know contain toxic chemicals.
Not a good look for the nation’s largest drugstore chain.
Momsrising says that when testing was done on items bought from Walgreens in 2013, high levels of lead was found in their decorative beads and high levels of phthalates was located in their out-door folding chairs.
And that’s just for starters.
As many of us know, lead can cause brain damage; and phthalates – an endocrine disruptor – can produce adverse reproductive impacts such as low sperm count and even cancer.
In a letter to “Gloria” at Momsrising, one mother writes,
When I think of my drugstore, I think, “HEALTH!” and “WELLNESS!” After all, that’s where I go to pick up bandages for boo-boos, cold medicine for the sniffles, and medications for reducing fevers and relieving pain. That’s where my pharmacist gives me the antibiotics that stop simple infections from turning into life-threatening, raging monsters.
But what if a drugstore willfully ignores the concerns of its customers and continues selling things that could actually threaten their health?”
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreen’s business is all about promoting and supporting health and wellness. So the question raised is: How can the company in good conscience continue to sell products that contain dangerous chemicals that could actually cause harm to their clients?
Moms and families need to trust that their chosen pharmacy truly serves their health and wellness needs. But how much can they trust it, if it is unresponsive to their concerns about potentially harmful chemicals in products we might bring home from there?
Last year, MomsRising joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition to launch the Mind the Store Campaign, which challenges the top ten retailers to get tough on toxic chemicals. Since then, both Target and Walmart have announced new chemicals policies.
But Walgreens has yet to do so.
According to Momsrising, while Walgreens has taken some steps to address certain environmental and public health risks, such as launching the “Ology™” Brand of Healthy Home Products that is free of phthalates and other risky chemicals, what about all the other products it carries?
The organization claims the store has yet to adopt a chemical policy to work with their suppliers to reduce, eliminate, or safely substitute the Hazardous 100+ chemicals identified by the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition.
They ask that the public TAKE ACTION and tell Walgreens to be ALL ABOUT HEALTH and stop selling toxic products!