It feels good to be apart of something big. And that is exactly what happened yesterday as people like you and I visited Walgreens stores asking them to get serious about toxic chemicals. Yesterday in partnership with our members, we organized nearly 50 events all across the country. As you may remember, Walgreens has become one of the “laggards” in our Mind the Store campaign. A year ago we asked the nation’s ten largest retailers to create and action plan on the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals. We’ve sent them letter from public health groups, over 60,000 grassroots emails, called and emailed them directly. Some of the retailers have taken first steps to reduce and eliminate hazardous chemicals including Target and Walmart. Some are working with us on crafting a plan of action on the Hazardous 100+. And a few other retailers, like Walgreens, have felt they don’t need to respond. In response we organized friendly events all across the country to let the nation’s largest drugstore that we want their leadership on toxic chemicals!

Highlights from our Walgreens Day of Action:
  • 49 events took place in cities all across the country.
  • Participants returned products that were recently tested by Healthy Stuff to have toxic chemicals.
  • The meetings with store managers were friendly and they were receptive to our message.
  • The participants asked the store managers to report their meeting to the corporate sustainability team in the hopes that they’ll sit down and talk with us about how to eliminate and reduce the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals.
  • Actor and producer Jennifer Beals tweeted about the day, activating thousands to take action – Thank You!
  • Our friends at Moms Rising delivered over 8,000 signatures to the corporate headquarters asking Walgreens to Mind the Store for safer chemicals.
  • Events varied in size, some were led by bloggers and others by large groups of concerned citizens.
  • Thousands of people signed our petition to Walgreens (you can too!).
You can see some of the photos here:
A few highlights from Jennifer Beals spreading the word on Twitter
It’s not too late to join in on the action!

1-    Sign our petition to Walgreens asking them to get serious about toxic chemicals in the supply chain. 2-    Print off this Customer Feedback Card and deliver it to your local store manager. Take a picture and let us know how it went at info@saferchemicals.org. 3-    Share our action on Facebook, Twitter and Email. 4-    Tell your friends about this important issue. If we’re going to see systemic change we need an army of people asking

What our bloggers had to say:

Lynn – Illinois – Toxic chemicals in everyday items at Walgreens

Anne – Tennessee –  An inside look at the Mind the Store campaign (Interview with our very own Mike Schade) and Tennessee Walgreens, time to Mind the Store for children’s health

Megan – New York – Green Divas take action and tell Walgreens to get tough on toxic chemicals

Shane – Florida – My brawl at Walgreens while asking them to Mind the Store

Katy Farber – Vermont – Seven year old leads the way to safer products

Lori Alper- Massachusetts -Hey Walgreens we still want safer products

Dr. Karen Lee-New York- 10 Common toxic chemicals to avoid

Press

‘Mind the Store’ activists visit Providence Walgreens over products with toxic chemicals, Providence Journal

Consumers Push for Product Change in Drug Stores, WABI

Montana Parents Ask Walgreens to Clear the Shelves of Toxins, Public News Service

Oregon environmentalists, public health activists to return products containing potentially toxic chemical, Oregon Live

Concerned Consumers Demand Walgreens Reduce Sale of Products Containing Toxic Chemicals, Eco Rhode Island