Boycott: Nine Major Retailers Who Got an F Rating for Toxic Chemicals in Their Products

Boycott retailers (including Trader Joe’s, Ace Hardware, Office Depot, Kohl’s and Toys R Us) who fail to take basic steps to get toxic chemicals off their shelves.

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Holiday Buyers Beware: 9 Retailers Who Got an ‘F’ Rating for Failing to Take Action on Dangerous Chemicals in Consumer Products

This holiday season, the best gift Trader Joe’s, Kohl’s and Sally Beauty can give us is a commitment to a toxic-free future.

Trader Joe’s, New York City.
Photo Credit: Roman Tiraspolsky/Shutterstock

Whether we’re shopping for holiday gifts or everyday items, we can all agree that no one should have to wonder whether the products found on store shelves contain chemicals that could one day make us sick. Parents shouldn’t have to worry whether their children’s car seat contains cancer-causing flame retardants. We shouldn’t have to wonder whether the fragrance in our teenage daughter’s shampoo is formulated with hormone-disrupting phthalates, or if our food is packaged with extremely persisten chemicals like poly- and…

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6 thoughts on “Boycott: Nine Major Retailers Who Got an F Rating for Toxic Chemicals in Their Products

  1. Yes, apparently, Rosaliene. It seems there is a growing grassroots movement to pressure retailers to take toxic products off their shelves – and many retailers (other than Trader Joe’s) are complying.


  2. Whew! I dodged another bullet by not being an overzealous consumer! If I am out shopping, believe me, Yellowstone has erupted. I have never been inside a Trader Joe’s, Kohl’s, Sally’s, Macy’s and I’ve only been in a Wal-Mart, twice, decades ago. I don’t even remember the last time I was in a JC Penney or Sears, Kmart or Target. It would seem that I need more company; more like-minded souls.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, especially to those who need to read it!


  3. I’m also lucky to have dodged a few bullets myself, Shelby. My ex-husband used to complain about me not being a proper consumer but I’m glad I didn’t listen to him. I, too, have never been to Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s, Kmart or Target. My family used to shop at Kohl’s when I was a child. I’ve never heard of Sally’s. When I was a poor student in New York, I visited Macy’s because I wanted to see where the movie Miracle on 34th Street was made. However I was too poor to buy anything. One thing about becoming a doctor is that you are a poor student for a really long time. I got in the habit of buying most stuff secondhand – which I continued after I started practicing. In most cases, secondhand stuff was much better made, unless it was really, really expensive. Thanks for commenting.


  4. I haven’t shopped at Wal-mart in years b/c of the way they treat their employees — won’t pay a decent wage and encourage their new hires to apply for government help. I have absolutely no problem with people using food stamps, etc but when a family like the Waltons are wealthier than gawd and refuse to pay a living wage to their employees i refuse to be a willing partner in that crime!
    Now I have to find a new place to buy my hair color as I have been buying it at Sally’s for years now, but if I’m going to post an article like this I damned well better follow through!


  5. I guess I’m really lucky, wolfess. We don’t have Wal-Mart or Sally’s here in New Zealand. While you’re at it, i also recommend you boycott Amazon – they treat workers even worse than Wal-Mart. If I buy books online, I use the Book Depository in the UK (they have free shipping) if they’re new, and Abe Books if they’re secondhand.


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