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toxics

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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
38,321 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Dipak Golechha

Get toxic chemicals out of child care programs

Each year, more than 6 million babies and toddlers go to child care centers, Head Start programs, and family child care programs in the U.S. Child care providers should be able to take care of young children without worrying about whether the products they use contain chemicals of concern for children's health. Getting Ready for Baby is a campaign to ensure all baby and toddler products are made without harmful chemicals. Our goal is to help keep toys, cubbies, and nap mats made with chemicals of concern out of the hands of our kids. Excelligence Learning Corporation is the owner of retail companies specializing in child care products like Discount School Supply, Really Good Stuff, and Environments. Getting Ready for Baby started this petition asking Excelligence to step up and ensure the items its companies make and sell - like toys, cubbies, and nap mats - are free of harmful chemicals. We need them to go beyond the legal requirements alone and establish forward-thinking policies. Your signature can get these companies to stop using harmful chemicals. Don’t think that your support won’t matter. People like you took action and got major companies like Buy Buy Baby, Target, and Walmart to respond. Chemicals in toys, cubbies, nap maps and other products made for child care programs can contribute to learning and developmental problems, asthma and other breathing problems, weight issues, and even cancer, as children get older. Retailers target these products to child care programs all over the country. Walmart and others stepped up and started by prioritizing categories of product to review. They created lists of chemicals for product makers to avoid. And they did all of this with a spirit of openness and transparency. Now it’s time for Excelligence to do the same. If you agree that Excelligence Learning Corporation can help parents and child care providers protect their children’s ability to learn and thrive, please sign and share this petition today.

Getting Ready for Baby Coalition
68,619 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to ssvoc@samsung.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
101,753 supporters