Dollar stores may be appealing because they’re so cheap.
But according to a new report, they also sell many products made from components contaminated with toxic chemicals. Those products include toys, jewelry, school supplies, cosmetics and even kids’ pajamas.
Research done by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, a national coalition of more than 100 health, community and environmental justice organizations, found that over 81% of household items tested contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern.
That means that of 164 items tested, 133 of them could pose a health and safety hazard to the consumers who use them. The items tested came from 99 Cents Only stores, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar, the four largest dollar store chains in the U.S.
Consumers are buying lead, PVC, and phthalates, among other harmful chemicals. A recent study by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions found that 81% of the products they tested from four dollar store chains in six states had dangerous levels of these and other toxic substances.
Many consumers are surprised to learn that the products they bring into their homes on a daily basis contain toxic chemicals. These dollar stores continue to stock products that have tested positive for toxic amounts of lead, phthalates, and other unsavory chemicals that get on our hands, in our air, and in our kids’ mouths.
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