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toxics

23 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to ssvoc@samsumg.com

Global leaders call on Samsung to protect workers in Vietnam, Korea and around the world

Leading advocates from human rights, labor rights, women’s rights, public health, environmental justice, and sustainable purchasing organizations from around the world call on Samsung to protect the thousands of workers - most of them women of child bearing age - who are making their mobile phones at factories in Vietnam.  A recent report entitled "Stories of Women Workers In Vietnam’s Electronics Industry" — by the Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) and International Pops Elimination Network (IPEN) — disclosed that the working conditions at the Samsung factories are inhumane, that many women are particularly concerned about miscarriages, and that Samsung refuses even to disclose the chemicals the workers are exposed to. In response, Samsung - which produces 50% of their mobile phones in Vietnam - has embarked on a disinformation and suppression campaign. They have not only denied the allegations made in the report, but are also threatening to fire the workers and file legal retaliation against the NGOs for releasing the report. We believe that workers have a fundamental right to talk about their working conditions and that they deserve to have their voices heard. Samsung’s actions in Vietnam are consistent with its pattern of conduct in Korea where many young workers have died or otherwise been harmed due to chemical exposures on the job.  Whereas Samsung has consistently denied responsibility for the occupational diseases, Korean courts have recently begun to rule in favor of the victims. The court rulings have found that Samsung uses many toxic chemicals but refuses to disclose their identity (claiming trade secrets) and doesn’t fully protect its workers from exposure to these toxics.  These are failures for which Samsung must be held accountable - in Korea, Vietnam and wherever they produce their products. In addition to pursuing legal remedies, human rights activists in Korea - led by SHARPS - have been protesting Samsung’s harmful behavior with a round-the-clock sit in which is now more than 2 years old.  In response to Samsung’s actions in Korea and Vietnam, we the undersigned call on Samsung to:  1.  Immediately stop intimidating Vietnamese workers with dismissal threats and withdraw threats of lawsuits against the NGOs for publishing this report;2. Obey all relevant laws in Vietnam, South Korea, and other locations where the company operates;3.  Make a full disclosure - for each factory - of all chemicals used and in what amounts, in factories in Vietnam, South Korea and around the world;4.  Conduct ongoing workplace air monitoring to record the levels and duration of exposure of workers to hazardous chemicals and to make those results available to the workers and the public;5.  Publicly provide pollutant release and transfer data for the most extensive list of substances where the company operates;6.  Substitute safer chemicals whenever possible and publicly report on efforts;7.  Adopt the precautionary principle to better protect workers and communities;8.  Support active and independent health and safety committees in all of its factories and in its supplier factories;9.  Rather than trying to suppress independent research, acknowledge that additional independent health studies are necessary to fully understand the extent of the occupational health impacts on workers, including exposures to toxic chemicals;10.  Take responsibility for the health and safety of subcontractors and ensure that they have the capacity to protect workers and the surrounding communities before making the work contract;11. Guarantee the right of workers to organize into a trade union as outlined in ILO Conventions 87 and 98.

ted smith
83,343 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Portland City Council

Pass an organic land care ordinance in Portland, Maine

Organic land care is the way of the future. More than 25 Maine communities already restrict conventional pesticides. Most of Canada has banned both the use and sale of conventional pesticides. France started rolling out its own ban in 2017. In 2016, South Portland passed the strongest organic land care ordinance in the country. Portland residents want an ordinance as strong OR stronger than South Portland's. Responding to resident complaints, the city finally eliminated its sidewalk Roundup spray program in 2016. The city is also working to reduce pesticide use. But the pace is slow and city staff still cling to IPM, which allows the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers for cosmetic purposes. Meanwhile, any property owner in the city is free to buy conventional pesticides and apply them as they see fit. This often means high risk conventional pesticides run-off into storm drains and drift into neighboring yards. Residents and visitors continue to be exposed to pesticides used on city athletic fields, the city golf course and by untrained property owners. Retailers remain free to sell these varied chemicals linked to diseases in both humans and animals; known to kill bees and other pollinators; and that negatively affect our environment and coastal waters.. In 2015, the city spent $25,000 on synthetic pesticides for the Riverside Golf Course, which abuts the Presumpscot River.  Our property rights are taken from us when pesticides drift and runoff from neighboring properties and kill foraging honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Children and pets often run across or lay down in treated areas.  Other communities in Maine, across the country and around the world have restricted conventional pesticides within their city limits. Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, which has a retail center in Portland, has removed all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from its store shelves and replaced them with organics and seen sales rise 30 percent. Organic land care is the way of the future. PETITION We the undersigned Portland residents, property owners, workers, business owners and visitors ask the City Council to reject IPM and enact an organic land care ordinance restricting the use and sale of conventional pesticides and fertilizers and permitting those allowed in the National Organic Program. It is our duty to advocate for children, pets and pollinators today. By passing such an ordinance, the Portland City Council can keep our community and environment healthy and thriving and maintain our place as a leading green city.

Portland Protectors
1,318 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Bill Partyka

Tell Gerber: Get the Arsenic Out of Babies’ Cereal!

Arsenic is a toxin proven to cause cancer. It can also permanently harm a child’s ability to learn. One of the biggest sources of children’s Arsenic exposure is infant rice cereal. This is why Healthy Babies Bright Futures started a petition to tell Gerber, a leading producer of infant foods, to reduce the arsenic in our children’s rice cereal. Infant rice cereal is one of babies’ first foods, and naturally occurring arsenic in rice can be harmful for a growing baby’s brain. In fact, studies have found arsenic in every container of rice cereal that has been tested and it is the #1 source of arsenic for babies. Gerber has already demonstrated that they can be a leader in this effort to make rice cereal safer. Just last year, the company took its infant brown rice cereal off the market (brown rice has the highest arsenic levels). Now, we’re calling on Gerber to cut down the level of arsenic to 25 ppb – a level comparable to amounts our tests found in its multi-grain infant cereal. We believe parents should be able to feed their baby a spoonful of cereal without worrying about whether it could be a risk. It’s time for Gerber to take action. If you agree that Gerber should help parents protect their child’s ability to learn and thrive, please sign and share this petition. Tell Gerber it’s time to cut the arsenic in our babies’ cereal!

Healthy Babies Bright Futures
114,116 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Home Depot

Home Depot: Stop selling dangerous chemicals

A weekend home improvement project shouldn’t result in a dangerous exposure to chemicals. You can walk into any Home Depot and buy paint strippers containing two highly toxic chemicals—methylene chloride (also known as DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).  Short-term exposure to DCM can be deadly. According to OSHA, paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — usually during tasks like refinishing bathtubs in poorly ventilated spaces. Long-term exposure to DCM has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. A chemical this dangerous shouldn’t be available in home improvement stores.  Some companies market NMP as a safer alternative to DCM. But the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women at risk of harm to their fetuses. NMP has been linked to miscarriage, fetal death, decreased birth weight, and other fetal developmental effects. The EPA recently proposed major restrictions on these chemicals in paint strippers under a new chemical safety law. But that process could take years and there’s just no good reason for retailers like Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. Retailers like The Home Depot have a track-record of proactive leadership in restricting the sale of other toxic chemicals, such as phthalates in flooring materials. The Home Depot has an excellent opportunity to build on that track record by also phasing out the sale of paint strippers containing DCM and NMP. Please sign and share this petition to encourage retailers like The Home Depot to protect our families from these dangerous chemicals. Help us tell The Home Depot to stop selling DCM and NMP-filled paint thinners today.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
17,938 supporters