Tell Ace Hardware: Stop selling deadly paint strippers
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More than 60 American families have lost loved ones to the toxic chemical methylene chloride, which can be found in paint strippers on the shelves of Ace Hardware stores. While stripping paint, someone can inhale enough of this chemical to pass out and die. Long-term exposure is linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.
Many paint strippers also contain a chemical called N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), which can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
But the tide is finally turning on these toxic chemicals. Other retailers, including The Home Depot and Lowe’s, have announced plans to stop selling paint strippers containing these chemicals by the end of this year.
The bad news? Ace Hardware, which many consumers consider their trusted neighborhood hardware store, has refused to stop selling products containing these dangerous chemicals.
Ace is one of the largest hardware chains, with more than 5,000 locations spanning all 50 U.S. states and 60 countries. If other home improvement stores can stop selling these products, so should Ace.
After all, safer alternatives to these chemicals are already available. In fact, consumers and professional contractors in the European Union have only been able to buy safer products without methylene chloride for more than five years.
There’s simply no reason for Ace to keep selling dangerous products.
The Obama EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and NMP in paint strippers in January 2017. But the Trump EPA still hasn’t finalized the ban. In the face of government inaction, retailers are stepping up to protect their customers in the U.S. and other countries.
Will you join us in telling Ace Hardware to join The Home Depot and Lowe's in banning these dangerous chemicals in their stores across the world?
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