Together, we accomplished a lot. So I'd like to share a few highlights from 2019:
- Thanks to you, The Home Depot and Lowe’s both announced they’re banning PFAS “forever chemicals” from carpets and rugs they sell. The chemical industry has pushed this class of chemicals for their grease and water resistance—regardless of the health problems they’re linked to. Getting them out of much of the carpet sold in the U.S. is a big step toward getting them out of our homes.
- Thanks to you, our fight in Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, et al v. EPA ended with a favorable decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court found that EPA violated the law in the way it was evaluating chemicals under the 2016 update to our nation’s main chemical safety law. The court affirmed that EPA can't disregard ways we are exposed to chemicals in its reviews.
- Thanks to you, Ahold Delhaize, owner of Food Lion, Giant Food, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop, banned PFAS, phthalates and bisphenols (such as BPA) in its store-brand products and packaging. This is one of the first major grocery chain commitments to end the use of dangerous chemicals in food packaging.
- Thanks to you, Congress included several important provisions to take action on the PFAS contamination crisis in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The 2020 NDAA includes important provisions to phase out the military’s use of firefighting foam containing PFAS forever chemicals, which has contaminated water supplies for millions of Americans. Now, Congress must act in 2020 to hold polluters accountable and clean up PFAS.
- Thanks to you, Sephora set a goal to reduce the presence of a number of toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, in brand-name beauty products it sells by 50% over the next three years. This commitment follows Sephora’s long-time work to reduce the presence of toxic chemicals in its private-label products.
- Thanks to you, Staples launched a new policy to drive toxic chemicals out of office supplies, electronics, textiles, and other products it sells. Their new policy includes bans on dozens of chemicals and classes of chemicals, including organohalogen flame retardants, ortho-phthalates, PFAS, and bisphenols.
SLN's Take Home Message
Thanks to all the amazing advocates who have worked diligently to keep the issue of toxic chemicals on the front burner in 2019! We wish all our friends a wonderful new year and decade and look forward to continuing the journey to increasing accountability and reducing toxic body burden!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!