Dear Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21,
I am shocked to hear that your companies continue to sell lead-tainted purses, belts, and shoes, even years after you agreed to take steps to eliminate these lead-poisoning threats.
We demand that you commit to remove all lead-tainted products from your stores and outline the steps you will take to do so.
I am also personally committing to ask the clerks when I enter your stores what steps your company has taken to eliminate the repeated lead-poisoning problems people have experienced with your products. I'll be sure to be loud enough so that others in the store can hear my question.
Center for Environmental Health
Three major national chain retailers, Forever 21, Wet Seal, and Charlotte Russe, are selling lead-tainted purses, belts, and shoes. More than 4 years ago, the companies were notified about the lead problem in these products. More than 3 years ago, they signed legal agreements to get the lead out. Tested products still show that they are selling lead-tainted products.
Lead is a stunningly toxic chemical, and can harm parents as well as children. Lead exposure has been linked to higher rates of infertility in women, and an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure, among other health problems. Lead exposure during pregnancy can affect a child's IQ and brain development for life.
It's time for these companies to put an end to their poisonous products! Even if you don't shop at these stores, you can help send a message that companies cannot get away with continually breaking their promises – and breaking the law! Please take action by signing the petition and then sending the email below (cut and paste).
Subject: We've caught you lead-handed
Dear Steve / Kristen / Michael,
We've caught you lead-handed! I just signed a petition on Causes (www.causes.com/remove-lead) urging you to remove lead-tainted purses, belts, and shoes from your stores. Lead is a stunningly toxic chemical, and can harm parents as well as children.
Please commit today to remove these poisonous products.