I like the goal.
Have you seen IKE's survey of Home Depot on the advice they actually
give on pesticides? Very dangerous. Check out www.ikecoalition.org.
The state of Indiana has fined them for violating our pesticide retailer
(Tom Neltner, Indianapolis, IN)
did get an organic bug killer at Home Depot. It has thyme and clove
oil in it. But, I agree, they could do more.
The clerk at
Home Depot said, " I am so glad that someone is doing something
about this. When they move the display rack over here to promote them
(pesticides) I get sick from the fumes. When I walk past the area where
they are it stinks. Thanks."
One letter was delivered to: Home Depot, Torrance CA and one to: Lowe's,
(Elaine Wilson, Torrance, CA)
We are Home
Depot stockholders and hobbyist beekeepers. We are also regular customers
at Home Depot and value the work of the National Coalition for Pesticide-Free
(Archie Palmer, Bloomfield, New Jersey)
As a stockholder
I am concerned about this matter. Further I mistakenly purchased and
used the weed killer/grass feed - will not do this again. Thanks for
(Faye & Effie Cutsinger, Baytown, Texas)
You might want
to point out that many of Home Depots' potential customers are shopping
at Lowe’s for this very reason. I refuse to shop at Home Depot
because of that. Our Lowe’s does carry organic lawn and garden
products and are putting more on their shelves all the time. If anything,
Home Depot is losing out on a very important demographic because of
(Bryan Carpenter, Dallas, Texas)
Thank you for
the notice. I was in Home Depot last week and they are taking action
at my store in Langley, B.C. They are telling all customers when they
purchase such an item. Thank you again.
(Sharon LePard, B.C., Canada)
Thank You! Your
email is very timely. I reluctantly purchased a bottle of Round Up at
Home Depot the other day, because they had nothing nontoxic, but I can't
get myself to use it. You have empowered me: I'll take it back armed
with your literature and I'll send a letter to their corporate office.
As a shareholder
of Home Depot, and a customer, I submitted your letter on their website
under their "Investor
Relations" contact site. I
believe that corporations will pay more attention to shareholders.
Alschuler, President, Cotton Expressions, Ltd.)
Thank you for
this alert. Recently my nephew bought garden care that was toxic. I
just told him yesterday that goes into the ground and into the plants
and harms birds, butterfly's etc. Not to mention what his dogs lick
and sniff in the garden and then we have to take them to the Vet and
their lymph nodes are swollen..it can happen to cats too. I told him
to boil three cloves of garlic in a pan, when this cools put this liquid
in a spray bottle and spay all borders and lawn surrounding house. This
way the nasty bugs will leave and the good bugs stay. Thank you for
this Alert I will send it out to fifty emails and print for my office
etc. I will send letter to Home Depot as well.
I work at Home
Depot. I used to work in the Inside Garden department, where they sell
the chemicals, but I got such bad headaches that I had to transfer.
Whenever possible I did try to get people to go with the natural remedies
we sell or that you can make at home.
I am able to
deliver my letter to the Home Depot located in Pittsburgh, PA. Thank
you for bringing this to my attention as I am on the Pennsylvania Department
of Agriculture's Hypersensitivity List for pesticides and hazardous
(Pamela Zollars, Pittsburgh, PA)
My yard is fertilized
and pest control maintained by NaturaLawn, a national franchise that
specializes in non-toxic products. My own gardner is a Cuban American
and he constantly suggests he "weed and feed" my yard and
I steadfastly refuse, preferring instead to pay a slightly higher amount
for the safety of the environment.
(Lee Ann Morrison, Florida and California)
Questions and Answers
sent a letter to Lowe’s and Home Depot, why did you decide just
to target Home Depot for this action? Lowe’s is just as bad in
my area, and while you’re at it what about Wal-mart?
Lowe’s is not out of the crosshairs, it was not selected for this
take-in letter campaign for several reasons, some of which is explained
here. Home Depot is the industry leader ahead of Lowe’s for home
and garden products. Other box stores either follow suit or competitively
exploit the weaknesses of the leader. Home Depot also prides itself
on its environmental stewardship. Further, coalition surveys consistently
show Home Depot carries the least amount of natural lawn and garden
products. Although many people are more than willing to take in a letter
to both box stores, not everyone is able. We decided it best not to
divide the numbers of letters into two stores.
I work at
Home Depot and I agree with what you are doing but I must tell you that
bringing letters to the store manager really isn’t the answer.
The letters need to go to corporate in Atlanta. If home office wants
it in stores, it goes in stores.
The national headquarters
of Home Depot is targeted, but in fact through the store managers. We
felt it important that store managers also experience the demand for
their store in particular to carry more natural lawn products and have
confidence that the store manager will convey that demand to headquarters.
So please, remind the store managers to share your letter with headquarters.
While we continue to pursue a dialogue with headquarters, the store
managers can begin the process by raising the issue with headquarters
internally. That said, we certainly encourage people to also send a
letter to Home Depot's headquarters. (See address below.)
I work in
the garden depot and I know we have training videos at my store that
help us learn more about the products and such at the store. Is there
a video that offers knowledge on non-toxic alternatives?
There are some excellent
videos available. A professional organic landscaping training video
that has been used by a number of municipalities and communities is
available for a mere $5 - $8 from Grassroots Healthy Lawn Program -
produced by Grassroots Environmental Education, a member of the Coalition.
For additional resources and videos, contact Beyond Pesticides at email@example.com.
Do you have
the physical address to their corporate office? (I couldn't find it
online, and I'm afraid an email would be ignored.)
Home Depot Headquarters
Attn: Brad Shaw, Sr. Vice President
Corporate Communications and External Affairs
Chairman, The Home Depot Environmental Council
2455 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30339-4024
(770) 433-8211 Tel
(770) 384-4211 Fax
I am an
shareholder, can I email my letter to headquarters?
Yes, other investors
have emailed the take-in letter via Home Depot's website under "contact
like to send a letter but also add some muscle to my letter and include
specifics about exactly what the alternatives are. Could you provide
There are many lawn
care alternatives to toxic pesticides that should be carried by the
retailer. These are just a suggested few. As a coalition, we advocate
sustainable lawn care practices that result in healthy soil that will
in turn result in thick, healthy turf grass. Simply switching a toxic
product for a non-toxic product without focusing on good cultural care
will not have the best results. See the resources
section for more information on good cultural lawn care. We also
advocate the sale and production of natural-based products. All products,
including non-toxic, should be used with care, as a last resort, and
with attention paid to the label.
For a full range
of lawn products that can help the public establish and maintain safe,
green lawns and landscapes, each local Home Depot must carry at least
- A non-synthetic
slow-release organic fertilizer that does not contain sewage
sludge (biosolids). Natural organic fertilizers are made from composted
manure, mineral, or plant products. Natural fertilizers today can
also contain beneficial microorganisms. If it does not sound like
an animal, vegetable, or mineral, it probably is not organic.
- A pre-emergent
weed control product made from corn gluten and devoid of
- A natural-based
spot treatment for weeds that contains no toxic chemicals.
These include products that contain a fatty-acid soap or have a vinegar
or citric base.
- A natural-based
spot treatment for insects that contains no toxic chemicals.
(The target insect will depend on the region.) These include products
that contain fatty-acid soaps, diatomaceous earth, or botanical oils
such as neem, clove, rosemary, mint, garlic, pepper and other plant
- A natural-based
spot treatment for disease or fungus that contains no toxic
chemicals. (The target disease may depend on the region.) These include
products that contain minerals, fatty-acid soaps, and plant-derived
the campaign continues, comments received that raise important points
and require a response or explanation will be posted here.
your questions or comments to Eileen Gunn at Beyond Pesticides, by
fax (202) 543-4791 or mail: 701 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.