Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Toxic Dollar Tree

Today I signed a petition on change.org urging stores like the $.99 store to label their hazardous items. Turns out there's hundreds of products at stores like these that carry materials full of toxins. I've never really thought about it until I was in a 'dollar tree' that actually had labels all up-and-down the shampoo and lotion aisle. I couldn't believe the amount of notices throughout those aisles that mentioned hazardous cancer-causing toxins one after the other.

When I got to thinking about it, I realized there's no way there's this many items costing you less than a dollar that are 100% safe. Now I get it:  what get what you pay for and you shouldn't expect toxic-free, safe, organic, produce, skin products, and other household goods. However, there are no warning signs or labels to correspond with those dollar price tags.  So it's simple, let us know what's in those goods so we really have a choice to decide if we want to take the toxic gamble or not. 

The saddest part is that $.99 stores and 'dollar trees' are usually located in Low low-income communities. It is the impoverished neighborhoods that are targeted with cheap prices and just as cheap material and hazardous substances.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good bargain and I definitely purchase items from these discount stores. Again, my issue is with the lack of information. Many customers are being tricked to believe that the shampoo, lotions, and makeup are harmless when they're not. 

20/20 recently aired an undercover sting raiding heavily discounted store items including medicines that proved full of toxic and contraband material. Many contained ingredients that cause cancer and are actually band in countries outside of the U.S. We don't have the same rights and this for companies to turn a rediculous profit. So do the research, sign the petitions, and more than anything, make sure you know what's in the stuff you're buying dirt cheap. Plus, sometimes if the price is too good to be true, it's because it is. 

Exercise caution at swap meets and flea-markets. Also spread the word to the communities that may not be defending themselves or know enough to stand up against toxics in the deeply discounted products they buy.

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