Dollar stores are everywhere in the U.S. today, and depending on where you live, you could even have more than one on your street. Whether its Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, or some other 99 cent store, the dollar store business is booming. Ready for some mind-blowing statistics?
From toys to crafting supplies, there’s an abundance of plastic for sale in dollar stores. And it’s not particularly safe: A 2015 report found that a staggering 81 percent of plastic items in dollar stores contained at least one hazardous chemical. These chemicals have been linked to all sorts of concerning health issues, including cancer and birth defects. Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, for example, has been linked to asthma and lung effects, and was found to be in 38 percent of the plastics tested.
Some dollar store brands have pledged to remove the amount of toxic plastic in their stores. In May 2019, Dollar Tree — which owns Family Dollar, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only — said that it would work to phase out lead and dangerous chemicals from its products, though the company hasn’t laid out exactly what significant steps it’s taking to filter hazardous chemicals out, or when it will happen.
Watch the video to learn the shady truth of dollar stores that no one wants to talk about!
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Food deserts | 1:08
Shoplifting and other crimes | 2:11
Overworked managers | 3:21
Paltry pay | 4:14
Communities fight back | 5:11
Positive impacts | 5:56