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In April 2022, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and Ecology Center joined together to:
Tell 99 Cents Only Stores to stop bargaining with our health.
While some dollar stores were making progress to phase out harmful chemicals from their products after facing pressure from consumers, 99 Cents Only Stores had earned an F on every single Retailer Report Card since 2017. In our various media interviews, the discount retailer Five Below was also a culprit.
New tests from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and Ecology Center showed that 99 Cents Only Stores continue to sell products that contain toxic chemicals including BPA, lead, phthalates, the “poison plastic” PVC, and PFAS. Studies have linked many of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals to increased risks for cancer, reduced fertility, developmental disabilities, obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions. When children are exposed to lead and phthalates, it can harm brain health, lead to lower IQ, attention and behavior issues, and ADHD.
The Campaign for Healthier Solutions, aka “The Dollar Store Campaign,” is a project of the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance and Coming Clean.