Mind the Store
See what retailers can do to really get tough on toxics and keep their customers safe.
(Washington, DC) Royal DSM, the global chemical coatings company, announced today that it would phase out the toxic chemical N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) by July 2020 as part of the company’s new sustainability strategy. NMP is currently used in the company’s coatings used to protect wood flooring and cabinets.
New laboratory testing reveals PFAS likely in Albertsons’s popcorn packaging, dental floss, & other products
Yesterday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Amazon announced an important enforcement action that will keep brain-damaging lead and cancer-causing cadmium out of the hands and mouths of children. This follows an investigation that revealed consumers in Washington and across the country made at least 15,188 purchases of products with illegal levels of lead and cadmium from amazon.com.
Connecting the dots between plastic, mercury, asbestos and PFAS: A new report confirms PVC’s toxic lifecycle
Plastics production imperils life on earth in many ways, from the pursuit of fossil fuels to the pollution of the oceans. All petrochemical plastics exact some toll in their manufacture. But there is one type of plastic that is particularly harmful: polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as vinyl or PVC. A new catalog of the world’s […]
With advocacy and regulations spurring a shift away from methylene chloride and NMP (though EPA has failed to act on NMP), consumers and contractors may be wondering what alternatives they can use.
Over the past year, our Mind the Store campaign and coalition partners at NRDC won commitments from 13 top home improvement, big box, and auto-parts retailers to ban the sale of paint removal products containing the hazardous chemicals methylene chloride and NMP at over 30,000 stores across North America and the world.
On Monday, Ace Hardware Corporation became the 13th U.S. retailer to publicly commit to stop selling and distributing paint removers that contain the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).
Home improvement chain Menards joins the growing chorus of retailers banning dangerous paint strippers
Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel broke the news that Menards has become the latest retailer to phase out the sale of paint strippers containing the dangerous chemicals methylene chloride and NMP.
In 2018, we won a wave of commitments from eleven of North America’s largest retailers to ban the sale of paint strippers containing the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). To see how these retailer policy commitments have been implemented, campaign staff, partner organizations and volunteers are visiting stores across the country to see whether retailers are following through to “mind the store.”
Yesterday, our new report revealed that toxic PFAS chemicals are hiding in common takeout packaging and other food contact materials at some of the nation’s largest and most popular grocery stores.