Special Report

Toxic Products Sold at Dollar Stores

Source: Courtesy of Office Depot

6. Superman Headphones
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Sakar
> Chemicals of concern: PVC components (>50% chlorine), ortho-phthalate plasticizer, trichlorophenyl phosphate (TCPP) flame retardant, 61% (612,081 ppm) lead in solder

Five Below’s Superman headphones had the same toxic chemicals as the “Avengers” headphones, with the addition of ortho-phthalate plasticizer.

Source: Courtesy of Five Below

7. Disco Color Changing Bath Light
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Xtreme Tech, JemAccessories
> Chemicals of concern: Ortho-phthalate plasticizer, 45.6% (456,455 ppm) lead in solder

You might just want to add a little Disco fun to bathtime, but you’re also inviting ortho-phthalate plasticizer and lead to the party.

Source: Courtesy of Walmart

8. Campbell’s Chicken & Star Shape Pasta
> Retailer: Five Below
> Brand/distributor: Campbell’s
> Chemicals of concern: PVC copolymer can coating

Yes, even Campbell’s is guilty of using toxic chemicals in their packaging. Specifically, the can is coated with a PVC copolymer, which is mostly used in adhesives. Diseases including angiosarcoma, liver cancer, liver disease, brain cancer, Raynaud’s syndrome, and acro-osteolysis can be directly linked to PVC.

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9. Purchase Receipts
> Retailer: Five Below, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, Dollar General, 99 Cents Only Stores
> Brand/distributor: N/A
> Chemicals of concern: All receipts tested positive for Bisphenol S

Crazily enough, even the receipts can be toxic! Many store receipts (not just ones from dollar stores) are made using bisphenol S (BPS), which, along with its cousin PBA, has been linked to hormone disruption.

Source: Courtesy of Dollar Tree

10. Cooking Concepts Pizza Pan
> Retailer: Dollar Tree
> Brand/distributor: Cooking Concepts
> Chemicals of concern: BPA-based epoxy based non-stick coating

Nowadays, most nonstick pans are no longer coated with BPA, which has been linked to hormone disruption as well as increased cancer susceptibility and abnormalities in brain development and fat metabolism in children. It’s recommended that if you’re in the market for a nonstick pan, you make sure it’s labeled “BPA-free.” The Cooking Concepts Pizza Pan sold by Dollar Tree is not BPA-free.

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