What are phthalates?!
Rain Jackets, school supplies, and shower curtains, oh my! Vinyl products like these can contain toxic phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). Phthalates have been linked to birth defects, asthma, and learning disabilities, but manufacturers are not required to report which products contain these toxic chemicals.
But with your help we can change this. Last month, we helped submit over 2,000 petitions to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to require the reporting of the most toxic phthalates in consumer products. Now we are collecting signatures and comments asking the DEP to quickly adopt this rule to better protect all families from toxic chemicals.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America and 10 state affiliates including our Maine organization, have joined a national effort to urge the country's top retailers to help get toxic chemicals out of the products they sell. Our organizations are asking retailers to "Mind the Store" as part of a campaign launched in 2013 by the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition, of which LDA is a founding member.
Top retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens and Best Buy have enormous power to determine what chemicals and materials their suppliers use in the consumer products they provide for store shelves. In part as a result of pressure from the "Mind the Store" campaign, Wal-Mart recently announced that it has listed an initial 10 toxic chemicals that suppliers should stop using. Target also recently announced plans to evaluate suppliers in part based on their adherence to non-toxic chemicals and materials.
Look for action alerts, Facebook posts, and events as LDA asks retailers to "Mind the Store" and make products safer and healthier for everyone, especially children! We hope every parent, teacher and consumer will join us in taking action.
Thank you for your support. Together, we are giving the gift of success!
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
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