Ace Hardware seems to be okay with killing bees. It’s the only major garden retailer that has not made a firm commitment to stop selling neonicotinoid pesticides.
That means Ace Hardware’s customers are likely buying bee-friendly garden plants and products from Ace that actually contain bee-killing pesticides — even though all its competitors have committed to stop selling these toxic products.
We need your help to push Ace to stop contributing to the bee crisis!
Tell Ace Hardware: Commit to stop selling bee-killing pesticides!
Ace Hardware claims it has already addressed this issue. It says it’s “willing to move away from products containing neonicotinoids.”
But being willing to move away from neonics isn’t the same thing as actually moving away from them. And Ace Hardware has yet to commit to eliminate these pesticides or give a date or timeline for when it will do so.
Ace has no excuses. True Value, its largest competitor, recently committed to move away from these pesticides by spring of 2018 and give guidance to all of its franchise locations and growing partners to do the same.
What’s stopping Ace Hardware from following in the footsteps of True Value and helping save bees?
Tell Ace Hardware: Stop making excuses and commit to stop selling bee-killing pesticides NOW!
The good news is, most of the garden industry is stepping up to prevent this crisis. Walmart, True Value, Home Depot, Lowe’s and dozens of smaller retailers have made clear commitments to move away from neonicotinoids.
What’s more, 74 percent of growers who supply large garden retailers with their plants have said they would not use neonics. That means together, we’ve already transformed nearly three-quarters of the garden industry. We could move to nearly 100% if Ace joins them.
The bees can’t wait. We need Ace Hardware to clearly commit to eliminate these pesticides NOW.
Tell Ace: Act on bee-killing pesticides NOW!
Standing with you,
Senior food futures campaigner,
Friends of the Earth