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New study shows toxic chemicals in everyday items from Walgreens

April 16, 2014 tested home goods, pet products, children’s products purchased at Walgreens for toxic chemicals purchased pet products, children’s products, and other home goods from Walgreens stores and tested the products for hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury and cadmium. The study is part of ongoing research at (a project of the Michigan-based nonprofit organization, the Ecology Center) on harmful chemicals in consumer products that are sold by each of the top ten U.S. retailers. Previous results can be viewed by retailer at the Retailer Center.

Ecology Center researchers tested 44 products for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer. A variety of products contained chemicals of concern at levels restricted in one or more of the most protective regulatory, corporate and third-party restrictions on hazards in consumer products.

Local advocates will release the study data and call on Walgreens to Mind the Store at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

March Badness - Most Toxic Product Award Announced!

April 1, 2014

Over 2,000 March Badness fans voted in the past two weeks - The University of Florida Lunch Bag has won the Most Toxic Product award! The lunch bag contained levels of lead that exceed the US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. tested 65 university-themed products (representing 19 universities) for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer. The study found that over 71% of the products tested contained one or more toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine and mercury and cadmium. Several of the products tested routinely exceeded CPSC standards for lead (15%) and phthalates (16 of 18 tested).

The popular items tested include banners, t-shirts, key chains, and drink koozies, purchased across the nation from different retailers.

Take a look at our "Who's in your bracket?" video and our EcoSports Center to learn more about these toxic products!

Mardi Gras Beads found to contain hazardous flame retardants and lead

February 26, 2014

A new research study finds that top retailers of Mardi Gras beads continue to sell beads and throws containing hazardous chemicals. The study is a follow-up to a 2013 study that found similar results in used beads that were collected after Mardi Gras. In the last year, Ecology Center researchers tested a total of 135 Mardi Gras bead necklaces (87 previously used and 48 new) for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. launches new Retailer Center

February 13, 2014

New website feature helps consumers look for products by popular retailers

Over the past few years, has tested more than ten thousand consumer products for toxic chemicals. Today, we’re excited to launch a new feature on our website, the Retailer Center, which will make this information more accessible to you. On this page, you’ll find the toxicity rating of products sorted by popular stores, including top ten US retailers like Target, Walmart and Walgreens.

While some retailers have taken steps to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, our lab continues to find high levels of lead, chlorine and bromine in common outdoor, household and children’s products, others have more work to do. We think consumers like you deserve a right-to-know about toxic chemicals in the products you buy. Check out our new Retailer Center to see which leaders are leading the pack and which ones are laggards in getting toxic chemicals off their shelves.

We encourage you to use our Retailer Center to know which products to avoid and to join us in the Mind the Store national campaign to ask major retailers to stop selling these toxic products.

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NOTICE: ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical. ratings provide only a relative measure of high, medium, and low concentrations of several hazardous chemicals or chemical elements in an individual product in comparison to criteria established in the site methodology.

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