Mind the Store is a Toxic-Free Future program that challenges retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives, and scores major retailers on their safer chemicals policies in an annual Retailer Report Card.


In 2013, we launched Mind the Store to challenge the nation’s largest retailers. Mind the Store urges retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals in products and packaging and develop comprehensive safer chemicals policies. Mind the Store is working to transform the marketplace and drive a competitive race to the top.

Since launch, we have convinced some of the nation’s biggest retailers to phase out numerous toxic chemicals from key products and packaging. These include BPA, phthalates, PFAS, flame retardants, and methylene chloride. Given the urgency of the public health crisis we face, retailers must continue to drive harmful chemicals out of commerce.

It’s time for leading retailers to “mind the store” and meet the rising consumer demand for transparency and safe, healthy products. The health of our families demands it.

Our Campaign: REI, time to “Opt Out” of PFAS

Beginning in September 2021, Toxic-Free Future’s Mind the Store program launched a national campaign calling on REI to phase out and ban PFAS in all private-label and brand-name products it sells. More: Our Campaign: REI, time to “Opt Out” of PFAS.

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Our Campaign: Phase Out PFAS in Retail Food Packaging

Since 2018, Toxic Free Future’s Mind the Store program and its partners from across the country have been working to drive the nation’s largest grocery, fast-food, and fast-casual chains to ban PFAS in food packaging.

The campaign launched with more than 75 letters requesting action to address toxic PFAS sent to the top grocery and fast-food chains in North America, followed by product testing investigations at grocery store chains in 2018 and 2019. In the summer of 2020, the campaign released a follow-up study, Packaged in Pollution, finding nearly half of all food packaging samples tested positive for fluorine above the screening level indicating the likely presence of PFAS, including in the packaging of McDonald’s Big Mac and Burger King’s Whopper.

The campaign also launched online petitions signed by tens of thousands of consumers; published report cards analyzing retailer chemical policies; hosted actions at fast-food chains nationwide; published factsheets on alternatives and guidance for implementing restrictions on PFAS; engaged investors; co-authored a peer-reviewed study led by scientists at Toxic-Free Future, the University of Washington, and Indiana University finding PFAS in breast milk and an original investigative report tracing the toxic path of PFAS; and released a new campaign mascot, Polluted Polly, to inspire actions that break the toxic lifecycle of PFAS

In response to the campaign, 22 retailers selling food or food packaging announced steps to reduce or eliminate PFAS in food packaging at more than 140,000 stores, which includes Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Amazon.com, Burger King, Cava, Chipotle, Freshii, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Popeyes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Tim Hortons, Trader Joe’s, Wendy’s, and Whole Foods Market.

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Check out Mind the Store’s Retailer Report Card to see how your favorite retailer ranks on toxic chemicals.