HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Macy’s announced they will no longer sell furniture products that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. The retailer had reportedly gotten emails from thousands of customers encouraging them to address the harmful chemicals.
The announcement came on the eve of National Mind the Store Action Day. Mind the Store Campaign advocates say it’s a real victory for consumers health and the environment. Mike Schade, the Mind the Store campaign director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, said, “We urge the remaining major retailers who have not acted, like Pier 1 Imports, to follow suit and phase out these unnecessary toxic chemicals once and for all.”
Macy’s responded to Mind the Store saying in part, “We expect that our suppliers (the manufacturers of furniture sold at Macy’s) are no longer using the chemicals in question, and we believe a majority are already in compliance… We will be instructing any remaining suppliers who are using these chemicals to cease doing so…If we do identify a vendor that is still applying the old flame retardants, we will be requiring them to cease doing so immediately.”
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT includes 60 diverse organizations and thousands of individuals working together to reduce toxic chemical exposures in our daily lives.They worked alongside the Mind the Store Campaign and preceded an online petition and a formal letter to Macy’s to make the change.