"We don't want Dollar Tree's dangerous deals or toxic toys," said Jose Bravo, with The Campaign for Healthier Solutions. He continued: "Right now, people are gathering outside more than 60 of your stores across the nation urging you to become a corporate leader, and to ensure your products aren't making us sick. Your customers deserve your leadership on safer products instead of the empty rhetoric we found in your recent sustainability report."
Although scores of demonstrations and manager meetings were held across the nation, the focus event was held in Baytown, TX, where dozens of Lee College Students, shoppers, and community organizers marched to three Dollar Stores. Along the way, they worked to educate customers, sang 'nontoxic holiday carols', and met with store managers. Baytown is also an environmental justice community facing heavy exposure toxic chemicals in their air, where residents work and in the products they purchase. Deyadira Trevino, and organizer with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) said, "Dollar Tree: we've come here today to say you can be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Our families face high rates of cancer and other health issues because of all the overlapping exposures we face daily, but if you can take steps toward healthier products you'll gain customers and help create a less toxic world for millions of Americans."
Although some discount retailers (such as Target and Walmart) have taken specific, more aggressive actions to remove harmful products from their shelves, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar (owned by Dollar Tree) have not adopted...
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The Campaign for Healthier Solutions is a diverse coalition of over 100 environmental justice, medical, public health, community, and women's organizations working with discount retailers toward responsible hazardous chemical policies and better corporate citizenship.
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