STOP SHOE COMPANIES AND RETAILERS SUCH AS WAL-MART, KENNETH COLE, SAKS, TOMS, WHOLE FOODS, AND OTHER RETAILERS FROM PUTTING RAT REPELLENT IN OUR SHOE BOXES!
Did you know that many brands of popular and expensive shoes, including infant and children’s shoes arrive in the U.S. inside boxes containing chemicals which is an active ingredient in rat repellent? Please take a moment to call the retailers below and ask them to stop now.
Here’s the inside story: most shoes shipped to the United States travel long distances by cargo ship, and need protection from the sea environment. In order to prevent damage, shoe companies place chemically treated stickers inside shoe boxes to help prevent mold and fungus. These stickers are supposed to be tested and approved by the EPA as safe, but most are not. These unapproved chemical stickers fail to identify the potentially dangerous, harmful ingredients they may contain and are marked simply with the words “anti-mold”.
Consumers like you are subjected to potential dangers when shoe companies use unregistered, unproven, and untested chemical stickers in their shoe boxes. We need to stop these unapproved chemical stickers from entering our homes.
Unapproved chemical stickers are used in top retailers like Wal-Mart, Kenneth Cole, Saks, Macys, TOMS, Whole Foods, Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, Bob Ton, Belk, Amazon, Zappos, TJX, Footlocker, and other retailers; and in popular brands such as:
• Calvin Klein
• Kenneth Cole
• Liz Claiborne
• Rocket Dog
• Sofft Shoe Co.
• Vera Wang
Consumers and workers handling these materials have a false sense of comfort and security.
LA Times: Suit alleges shoe boxes contain ingredients in rat repellent
These stickers come in a number of colors, sizes and names – so how does the consumer know which are registered with the EPA and which are not?
According to news reports, one ingredient of these antimicrobial stickers not registered with the EPA is allyl isothiocyanate, a chemical used in rodent and insect repellents, in crop chemicals and fumigants, and in defense sprays.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Please call the retailers below. Tell them to ask their suppliers to stop buying shoes packaged with unapproved chemical stickers.
CONTACT THE RETAILERS
William S. Simon
President and CEO, Walmart U.S.
President and CEO, Walmart International
Kenneth Cole Productions
Chief Private Brand Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Saks Fifth Avenue
Ronald L. Frasch
Customer Relations Liason
Stephen I. Sadove
Erik B. Nordstrom
Executive Vice President, Director and President of Stores
Peter E. Nordstrom
Executive Vice President, Director and President of Merchandising
Blake W. Nordstrom
Principal Executive Officer, President and Director
Thomas Belk Jr
VP Worldwide Operations and Customer Service
Jeffrey Wilke, Senior Vice President – Consumer Business
Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO
Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Executive Vice President
Carol M. Meyrowitz
Chief Executive Officer and Director