A new report reveals that many of North America’s largest retail companies are embracing chemical safety policies to help protect consumers from toxic chemicals in products. In the largest-ever analysis of its kind, 63% of evaluated companies improved over the past year alone.
The fourth annual Who’s Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals evaluated and graded the chemical policies and practices of 43 retail chains with more than 190,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as part of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families’ Mind the Store campaign.
The only major retailer focused on baby products, buybuy BABY, and its parent company Bed Bath and Beyond, was one of the most improved, raising their score this year from a D+ to a C+, through new documented policies to restrict harmful chemicals in padded products like furniture and toys and personal care products for babies.
“We applaud the progress leading retailers are making to protect people – especially children – from harmful chemicals. We can accelerate this progress through state-level action like New York’s Child Safe Products Act, to reveal hidden harmful chemicals and eliminate the worst of them in items meant for kids,” said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York. Passed with strong bipartisan support in April 2019 as part of a first-ever bicameral Earth Day legislative package, the Child Safe Products Act awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. (Click here to read full release)