How Many Toxins Can You Buy for One Dollar?

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You might think that these dollar stores have nothing on the really big discount retail chain, Walmart, but think again. Just two of the biggest dollar store names combined have just shy of 10,000 locations across America, and Walmart? A mere 4,399. And those are just two of the biggest dollar store chains!

This study involved 4 of the biggest stores and combined they have sales of more than $36 million. Dollar stores might seem funny, but this is a huge business and like more big businesses, they are really only concerned with profit, not with the safety of their products.

One grass roots organization, The Campaign for Healthier Solutions, is asking dollar stores all over the country to at least remove children’s products that contain lead and phthalates. Many parents, who simply cannot afford those pricey toys from the mall, let their kids go wild at the dollar stores and get 6 or 7 toys. Unfortunately, many of these toys are made with toxic plastics, with some items being painted with lead paint, something that has been outlawed in America for decades!

These dangerous chemicals are found in much more than just kid’s products; they were also found in jewelry, school supplies, cleaning products, beauty items, and food.

If you are using cleaning products or beauty products, such as lotion or toothpaste, from dollar stores, you can do much better (and cheaper actually) by making your own cleaning products from more natural ingredients.

Although all the dollar stores respond to these complaints by insisting that every single one of their products meets federal guidelines, then perhaps the problem is with our federal guidelines. Only one store actually responded to requests about these contaminants (99 Cents Only) and they stated that they try to exceed federal regulations and that they used their own independent policies to try to ensure that everything they sell is safe, however, plenty of their products were found by HealthyStuff to contain dangerous toxic chemicals. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has said that they are investigating this study, but as of this writing, they have not come forth with any suggestions or statements.

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