21 petitions

Update posted 3 days 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
17,615 supporters
Update posted 6 days 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
1,278 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to President Trump, Christopher Dental, Elliott F. Kaye, Paul Gosar, Louisiana State House, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, Cpsc , Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Environmental Protection Agency

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness

After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from  the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died  and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black,  what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.

Crystal K
90,110 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Jim McCann, Tom Butler, Bill Strauss, Chris McCann

Major florists should include a pet friendly / toxic free flower option during check out.

Many people are not aware that lilies are toxic for cats and small dogs. Major florists should give "pet friendly" alternatives for their floral arrangements, and at minimum there should be a warning that if a bouquet includes lilies then perhaps it isn't the best choice for a family with cats or small dogs. Our Story: Today marks one year since we had to say goodbye to our beloved Bogie. Bogie was the sweetest, most affectionate, and loving cat you could ever imagine. He used to wait for us to get in bed every evening (sometimes impatiently) so he could meow at us, rub his face against ours, and cuddle up in the crooks of our arms. Even though he was such an intelligent cat, he had the tendency to eat things he wasn't supposed to: mainly packing tape from packages, tulle fabric, and (unfortunately) flowers. We received a lot of love with the birth of our daughter and Mother's Day all in the same week. Even though we put all of the flower arrangements on the tops of our bookshelves and out of our cats' reach, we neglected to remove any lilies (which are toxic to cats) from the bouquets. Eventually, when the flowers began to wilt, a lily petal must have fallen off and onto the floor, and our poor Bogie ingested the petal before we could see or remove it. After a busy weekend, we noticed he was extremely lethargic and slow moving. His coat was dull, and he was not interested in eating. We spent some time cuddling, and after some extra attention, Bogie finally meowed at us, began purring, and wagging his tail. My husband, Michael, then took him to the animal hospital while I stayed home with our daughters. I hadn't even considered that he might not return home. Bogie was diagnosed with acute renal failure due to lily toxicity. Michael held him in his arms until the end. He was only six years old. He was my first baby, and I didn't get to say goodbye. The guilt and sadness has been overwhelming. We miss him everyday. If cats are a part of your family, please learn from our mistake. Do not let lilies into your home. Remove them from any flower arrangements you receive immediately. All parts of the flower are toxic, not just the petals. Spreading awareness is the only good that can come out of this tragedy. Bogie, we love you. We are so sorry. You will live in our hearts forever. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ― Richard Bach

542 supporters