The Mind the Store campaign today announced a “Week of Action” calling for Walgreens to stop selling products made from possibly harmful chemicals.

“As the nation’s largest pharmacy chain dedicated to health and wellness, Walgreens has a responsibility to sell products that don’t contain harmful chemicals,” said Mike Schade, Mind the Store campaign director, in a statement. The campaign is part of the Safer Chemicals, Healthier Families coalition.

In the statement, Mind the Store said that this week health advocates and Walgreens customers will be using social media, distributing flyers and holding signs in front of the retailer urging that it stop selling merchandise containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other illnesses. These products include cleaners, cosmetics, pet toys and other household items.


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The action sprung from what Mind the Store said was the Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer’s lack of response to its petitions to take action on selling potentially hazardous products.

It noted that Walgreens is completing a merger with U.K. pharmacy Alliance Boots whose sustainable chemicals policy is considered “a model in retailing.”

“Walgreens customers in the U.S. deserve the same safe products the company sells to its British customers,” said Schade.

Walgreens has sent a letter to the Mind the Store campaign regarding its concerns, Phil Caruso, a Walgreens spokesman told SN. According to the website, saferchemicals.org, officials at the retailer told Mind the Store that they are looking at the Boots sustainable chemical policy and whether it could benefit American customers.

Several major retailers including Walmart, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond have announced initiatives to limit use of toxic chemicals that are on Mind the Store’s “Hazardous 100+”, a list of chemicals with high safety concerns, said the campaign.

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