GLRPPR: Sector Resources: Documents: A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers Are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals
 
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GLRPPR Sector Resource: A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers Are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals

Title:
A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers Are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals

Abstract:
Discount retailers (commonly called "dollar stores") make up a significant portion of the U.S. retail sector. The four largest chains--Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar (tentatively acquired by Dollar Tree on January 22, 2015), and 99 Cents Only--operate over 21,500 U.S. stores, more than Walmart, with total annual sales of more than $36 billion. Many communities served by dollar stores are predominantly communities of color or low-income communities that are already disproportionately exposed to chemical hazards and health effects linked to chemical exposures. Residents in these areas often have reduced access to quality medical care, fresh and healthy food, and public services, which are critical to overall health and to withstanding chemical exposures. In many of these communities, dollar stores are often the only store selling essential household goods, including food. These factors place a higher level of responsibility on dollar stores to ensure they are not selling products that contain harmful chemicals. Although the largest dollar store chains have taken some initial steps to address toxic chemicals in the products they sell, mostly in response to federal and state requirements, their failure to adopt and disclose comprehensive plans of action is leaving their customers, and their own businesses, at risk. Recent events, and new testing of dollar store products, show that these chains need to do more.

URL:
http://ej4all.org/assets/media/documents/Report_ADayLateAndADollarShort.pdf

Source:
Campaign for Healthier Solutions

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
February 2015

Associated Sectors:

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