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8 petitions

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Petition to Ace Hardware

Tell Ace Hardware: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

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?

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
38,003 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Home Depot

Home Depot: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

No family should lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. But more than 60 families across the U.S. have lost loved ones to a dangerous chemical called methylene chloride. It’s found in paint strippers on the shelves of The Home Depot and other stores. Exposure can kill within minutes. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.  And another common paint stripper chemical called N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can have dangerous effects if women of childbearing age or pregnant women use it. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that just one day of exposure to NMP can cause miscarriage or fetal death. NMP is also linked to decreased birth weight and other fetal developmental effects. Last January, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and NMP in paint strippers, but the agency has yet to act. Since then, at least four more people have died from using paint strippers with methylene chloride. They left behind mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends.   This May, after more than 200,000 people signed petitions like this one to Lowe’s, that company committed to stop selling paint strippers with these dangerous chemicals by the end of 2018.  But Lowe’s top competitor The Home Depot is still refusing to act.  There’s just no good reason for retailers like The Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on The Home Depot to ban the sale of toxic paint strippers now.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
38,209 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Robert Niblock, CEO, Lowe’s

Lowe’s: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

No family should have to lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. Period. Our son Drew garnered attention with his quick wit, booming voice and incredible smile. When he loved something, he put his full heart into it and did so with focus. His establishment of a coffee business from the ground up with a friend is a perfect example. Drew loved every second of refining his craft and building his business. In October 2017, the lives of family and friends who knew and loved Drew took a dramatic turn. In a trip to Lowe’s to buy some paint stripper to re-finish a floor in his coffee plant, Drew purchased the chemical that killed him. The next day, he was found collapsed on the floor. The coroner’s autopsy report found that toxic methylene chloride fumes from the paint stripper were to blame.  To this day, you can walk into Lowe’s and buy the same product that killed Drew—plus numerous others containing the same chemical. So we’re partnering with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families to start a petition to get this dangerous chemical off store shelves. Drew isn’t alone. According to reports from OSHA and other sources, paint strippers containing methylene chloride have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since 1980. Scientists have linked long-term exposure to this chemical to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. Last year, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and another chemical called NMP in paint strippers, but the agency has yet to act. In Europe methylene chloride was banned in paint strippers in 2012. The EU is also considering banning NMP, which is harmful to women of childbearing age. Lowe’s is still selling these dangerous products even though there are safer alternatives. How many more people have to die before retailers like Lowe’s take action?  If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on Lowe’s to END their sales of deadly paint strippers now.

Cindy and Hal Wynne & Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
65,850 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to Walmart

Walmart: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

More than 60 families across the U.S. have lost loved ones to a dangerous chemical called methylene chloride. This toxic chemical is found in many paint strippers. Exposure can kill within minutes. Long-term exposure has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. Yet you can walk into Walmart stores today and buy paint stripper products containing this chemical and another one called N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), which is known to cause miscarriage and stillbirth. In recent months, three of the nation’s largest retailers—The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sherwin-Williams—have committed to stop selling paint strippers containing these chemicals in all of their stores worldwide. In contrast, Walmart has announced no plans to stop selling them, even though safer alternatives are available. Recently at least four men in the U.S. have died while using paint strippers containing methylene chloride. Most recently, 31-year-old Joshua Atkins died while refinishing his BMX bike. He was the picture of health—an avid biker and snowboarder—but he passed away from using a paint stripper. Walmart sells some of the same type of products that killed these men. Because methylene chloride and NMP are so dangerous, in January 2017 the EPA proposed banning them from paint strippers. But a year and a half later, Trump’s EPA has yet to finalize the proposal. Methylene chloride is already banned from paint strippers in the European Union, which has also restricted NMP. Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and has already curbed the use of other toxic chemicals in the products it sells. To its credit, the company has significantly reduced the use of certain toxic chemicals by 96% by weight in the U.S. over the past five years. But so far, it has not taken action on deadly paint strippers. To protect its customers, Walmart should join other retailers—The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sherwin-Williams—and stop selling paint strippers that contain these dangerous chemicals.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
8,860 supporters