PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO WHOLE FOODS MARKET AT CAUSES.COM.
The full text of the petition is posted below. You may wish to copy, sign, and mail this petition directly and have friends and members of your family to do the same.
John Mackey, CEO, et al Whole Foods Market, Inc. 550 Bowie Street Austin, TX 78703-4644
Dear Mr. Mackey et al:
The smell of artificial fragrances is frequently noticeable in Whole Foods Market stores. Closer inspection indicates that the odors emanate from food packaging and containers, including plastic and cardboard boxes, cans, and paper bags. Though Whole Foods Market is not the only retail store with a serious air-quality problem that promotes organic foods, we are asking that you investigate the extent of contamination of your food and other products as a result of exposure to the numerous Proctor & Gamble Febreze products in transportation and storage. The exposed consumer products end up being stocked on your shelves and releasing the toxic volatile organic compounds from the Febreze products.
The so-called fragrance imparted by Febreze products is, in fact, a delivery-system device similar to cigarettes delivering nicotine and other toxic substances. In this case, it is cyclodextrine—that becomes airborne and drifts into the ambient environment, causing toxic injury to many of your stakeholders and customers who are environmentally sensitive to the synthetic chemicals that cyclodextrine releases. More specifically, though P&G reports that the cyclodextrine works by “trapping” odor molecules in a donut-shaped chemical (i.e., cycledextrine), the cyclodextrine is, in fact, designed to load into its cone-shape a concentration of their so-called fragrance molecules that is completely involatile and non- evaporative, remaining stable until contacting water or humidity at which point there is a sustained release of fragrances into the air. In short, the cyclodextrine is an aromatic matrix of compounds of which many are known human toxins.
Why make this assertion that cyclodextrine is contaminating the products on the shelves of Whole Foods Market? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found a whopping chemical cocktail in one of P&G Febreze (i.e., cyclodextrine and Febreze are synonymous) Air Effects that included substances that are neurotoxic, carcinogenic, allergenic, irritants to the eyes/skin, and toxic to respiratory and immune systems. Your products, for example, that have been contaminated by the Febreze odors include Image/Pacific soups, Ceres juices, So Delicious alternative milks, and the wrapping of certain breads.
Consequently, we petition that you create transparency from “farm to fork” with respect to sourcing, transportation, product safety, and efficacy so that your safe, high-quality products can remain such on your shelves.
Customers must do their part to be fragrance-free conscious, especially in their attire and grooming practices. But first you must let them know the dangers of day-to-day consumer products that contain harmful and injurious chemical ingredients. We believe that is why you stay safe with Seventh Generation and other green- cleaning and environmentally-safe household products, cleaners, paper products, and personal care that you sell.
There is a market share you are ignoring: Based on epidemiological studies, over 45 million Americans are affected by exposure to synthetic chemicals in stores, offices, and other public retail places. In other words, “these individuals, on the basis of their disability [are deprived of]..the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation [e.g., including private entities such as a bakery, grocery store or other sales establishment are considered to be public accommodations]” (Title III of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended). Sadly, the market share ignored is constantly growing and includes asthmatics and cancer patients.
We are asking that Whole Foods Market take two giant steps forward by (1) eliminate the pervasive contaminating fragrance(s) and (2) educating customers in order to maintain integrity for social responsibility for our environment, safety and health.
Please ensure that your suppliers promote a win-win partnership by recognizing that there may be legitimate uses for safe fragrances but not where they spread to, and contaminate, consumer goods in warehouses, stores, and transport vehicles. not having. We continue to be greenwashed by practices of many “green” retail stores that do not focus on one environmental impact on the many.
Please continue to be responsible about the environmental, health, and safety issues.
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