The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT)
A broad coalition in Massachusetts working to prevent harm to our health and our environment from toxic chemicals. Our goal is to prevent exposure to the most vulnerable populations, such as children and workers, and those living in overburdened communities. We work to create laws and policies that result in the phase out of toxic chemicals in consumer products and other uses, and replace them with safer alternatives. We advocate for the creation of such policies at the municipal, state, federal and corporate levels. Please join the effort.
There’s something in your couch and it’s not just foam. “7 out of 10 of us (firefighters) are going to get cancer at some point in our lives” - Jay Colbert from the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts spoke at the MA lobby day a few weeks ago along with Representative Decker, Senator Creem, and Tolle Graham from Mass COSH.
Here’s what you can do to support passage of the flame retardants bill this session:
2. Watch and share this video of Massachusetts activists calling for flame retardant free life!
For more info on S. 2302, An Act to protect children, firefighters and families from harmful flame retardants, (or the nearly identical H.4241), click here
Toxic flame retardants are added to highchairs, car seats, nursing pillows, couches, carpet pads, electronic equipment (including toys), and other common household products.
These chemicals don't stay put - they get out of the products and into the dust in our homes, and also into our bodies.
Toxic flame retardant chemicals are found in breast milk, adults’, children’s and newborn babies’ blood, fish, and marine mammals. Blood levels of certain widely used flame retardants doubled in adults every two to five years between 1970 and 2004.
A typical American baby is born with the highest recorded concentrations of flame retardants among infants in the world.
Flame retardants are harmful to our health:
Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to cancer, learning disabilities, nervous system damage, infertility, obesity, thyroid problems and other serious health problems.
Some are highly persistent and build up in our bodies and the food chainRead more...
On a hot and muggy morning in late June, a dynamic assembly of environmentalists, parents, firefighters, worker’s health advocates, and others piled into Hearing Room 222 of the Massachusetts State House. The issue that brought all these folks together: toxic flame retardants in kid’s products and household furniture.
Flame retardant chemicals have been flying under the radar for decades. Parents, medical professionals, health advocates, legislators, and others tried to nip the flame retardants issue in the bud during the 70’s and 80’s, but a deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries institutionalized the practice of adding flame retardants to many common household items. Thus, despite research connecting them to cancer, learning and developmental delays in children, and other serious health problems, flame retardants continue to be added in gross amounts to couches, kid’s pajamas, nursing pillows, and many other unlikely items, to this day.Read more...
June 28, 2016
BOSTON, Mass.—Families, firefighters and advocates came together at the State House on Tuesday to call on the House of Representatives to pass a bill to ban toxic flame retardants in children’s products and household furniture. The event was organized by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts.
What: On June 15th, call your State Representative and ask them to do all that they can to pass S.2302 and H.4241 before July 31st.
Why: Flame retardants chemicals in our homes have been linked to cancer, learning and developmental disabilities in children and many more health issues. The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill to ban toxic flame retardants in children’s products and household furniture and the House has until this July 31st to do the same. Our strategy is clear: light a fire under the House of Representatives.