The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT)

A broad coalition in Massachusetts working to pass laws and policies that prevent harm to our health from toxic chemicals. Our top priorities are to create a groundbreaking program in Massachusetts to systematically replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives that are better for workers and the environment, and to compel the Massachusetts Department of Health to use its authority to protect the health of children and vulnerable adults from the toxic chemical bisphenol A. Please join the effort.



Joining forces with firefighters to Give Toxics the Boot!

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Update: In light of yesterday's tragic fire, this morning's Give Toxics the Boot Press conference is cancelled, but tonight's film showing is on. Please come to Florian Hall in Dorchester tonight at 7 to show your support in solidarity with the Boston Fire Fighters. 

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Firefighters risk their lives every day on the job, but flames aren’t the only danger they face.  They are especially vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure, one of the main causes of chronic diseases like cancer and reproductive disabilities.  You may be surprised to learn, for example, that the breast cancer rate in San Francisco female firefighters age 40-50 is six times the national average.

Here in Boston, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and the Boston Firefighters Union are teaming up to host two powerful events on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 as part of the nation-wide Give Toxics the Boot campaign. Please join us!

Give Toxics the Boot Demonstration

What: A rally featuring Massachusetts firefighters placing boots on the State House steps in honor of their fellow heroes who have fallen victim to toxic chemicals.

When: 11:00 am

Where:  The State House steps, Boston

 

Toxic Hot Seat Film Screening and panel discussion

When: 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Where: Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Email us to RSVP to both events

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Mind the Store, Protect the Customer

Posted on Feb 27, 2014

Mind the StoreWith great market power comes great responsibility. Retailers hold the power to choose which products are available to consumers, and what ingredients go into store brand items. With a lack of federal regulation over toxic chemicals in consumer products, retailers have the potential to step in and screen their inventory, and by doing so have a large impact on improving public health and the environment. In support of pressuring retailers to take action, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow coalition is excited to join other environmental and health organizations in joining the efforts of Mind the Store this spring.

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Young advocates for safe cosmetics

Posted on Feb 18, 2014

LaChic"Dear Retail Stores, Listen up!" urges 11-year-old Sophie Alcindor. After learning about the dangers of toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products at her after school program, Sophie decided to take action. In a letter addressed to major retailers, she expressed her desire for change:

"We all get it that you want to make money, but are [sic] this neck to neck competition really worth it. Can customers walk in and feel safe without having to feast valuable hours just to find good and safe products....Stop having dangerous products in your stores.  If you would listen to the scientists or chemists telling you they are bad then maybe you would have more customers. Create a safe environment for the customers."

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New Database Reveals Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics

Posted on Jan 29, 2014

Cosmetics ShopperDid you know that retinol, the vitamin A supplement added to many anti-aging creams, is actually listed as a developmental toxin?  Or that methyleugenol, commonly used for fragrance in a variety of personal care items such as lotions and shampoos, is a known carcinogen?

Earlier this month, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a searchable online database listing cosmetic products containing ingredients that are known to pose risks of cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. This database is a result of the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005, which requires that companies self-report a list of all products sold in California that are known or suspected to contain ingredients with the aforementioned health risks.  

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Autism and toxic chemicals: evidence of a link

Posted on Dec 13, 2013

AutismAutism rates have been rising exponentially, with a 600 percent increase over the past two decades. Today 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the U.S. every year. Research compiled by The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy explores recent reports that there may be more at play here than better diagnosis and genetics.  There is growing evidence that there might be a correlation between environmental exposures to toxins, dietary factors and increased Autism rates, especially with prenatal and early life exposure.

ASD was previously considered purely a developmental disorder impairing communication and social interactions. It is now shown to cause physical factors such as intestinal problems, immune disorders and seizures. The increase in ASD and other developmental disorders are a huge cost to our society. The U.S. spends an average of $126 billion dollars each year on educational and medical services for people with Autism, which does not even include out of pocket expenses of families. Most of the resources devoted to ASD are being used for services and genetic research, and very few are dedicated to prevention through environmental and dietary factors.

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