July 17 2013
The environmental group behind the Mind the Store Campaign is dead set on making products less safe.
That makes me mad. As a mother, I simply don’t understand why this group is so determined to take perfectly safe and reasonably priced products and make them less so—especially when many of the products the campaign targets are for kids.
Thankfully, the campaign’s first phase (to pressure retailers to take products off store shelves) failed miserably. That’s good news for consumers as compliance with this campaign would have resulted in thousands of products being pulled from the marketplace. It’s also good news for moms because what the Mind the Store Campaign fails to mention is that compliance with the campaign would have resulted in thousands of products being subject to redesign—a redesign that would have left these products far less safe.
Yet now is not the time to sit back and relax. The Mind the Store campaign isn’t giving up, it’s simply changing course. This week, campaign director Andy Igrejas asked the campaign’s Facebook followers to call on Congress to “protect the public from toxic chemicals.”
Put away your Erin Brockovich costume with the plunging neckline, Andy, and stop freaking-out moms. Seriously, it’s enough. Why don’t you tell moms the truth, for once? Look, I’ve even written these simple fact-filled sentences for you:
We get it, Andy. You pay your rent and electricity bill by selling junk science to frightened mothers. But now it’s time we mothers stopped supporting Andy’s campaign of misinformation. Moms are sick and tired of the exaggerations, the deceptions, and the outright lies being told. We have enough to deal with; to worry about; to feel guilty about. We shouldn’t have to concern ourselves with the make-believe monsters that live in Andy’s head.
If you, like me, are tired of this constant alarmism, visit IWF's Culture of Alarmism website where you'll find the Mind Your Own Business letter. You can also tweet support to stores who have successfully pushed back on the radical environmental and public-health organizations behind the Mind the Store campaign.
Follow this link to sign the letter today.