Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lowe's takes first step toward protecting pollinators

Thanks to pressure from thousands of people like you, Lowe’s is finally taking action on bee-killing pesticides! Today, Lowe’s announced that it’s making a public commitment to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides - the most significant public commitment so far for a retailer of its size. 

So what does this mean? Here’s what Lowe’s had to say in their just-released 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report1:
Lowe’s is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information we offer customers and we’re taking the following actions to support pollinator health:
  • Including greater organic and non-neonic product selections
  • Phasing out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available
  • Working with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants we sell
  • Encouraging growers to use biological control programs
  • Educating employees and customers through in-store resources such as brochures, fact sheets and product labels
CFS members sent thousands of emails, prodded Lowe’s on social media, and even rallied in front of Lowe’s stores to urge the company to protect our pollinators. While this is not a silver bullet solution, this is a major step and you should be very proud of your role in this fight.

This progress would not have been possible without the thousands of emails and calls from members like you, and the hard work of our allies like Friends of the Earth and others.

Thank you for all that you do for bees,

Center for Food Safety

(Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility report, page 27)


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