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Ban Flame Retardants

Chemical flame retardants are in sofas, mattresses, strollers, car seats, nap mats, electronics, and many other items.  Over time, they get out of furniture and into our bodies, where they increase the risk of cancer, neurodevelopmental problems, and other harm.  Thirteen states have banned chemical flame retardants, and it is time that Massachusetts joined them.

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Get PFAS out of food packaging

PFAS are a class of chemicals used to make products non-stick, water-resistant, and stain proof. For over 50 years, PFAS have been added to a wide variety of products, like non-stick cookware, fire fighting foams, clothing, carpets, and food packaging.  These chemicals are in the blood of every American who has been tested.   Low levels of PFAS have been shown to cause harm to animals, people, and the environment.

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Call to Action

Call your state legislators and tell them to act early in 2020 to pass bills to:
Ban toxic flame retardants in residential furniture, mattresses, & children’s Products
Ban PFAS in food packaging
These chemicals are making too many people sick and it is up to us to stop it.
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Watch the Trailer: The Devil We Know

We Should Know

What toxic chemicals are in your child’s toys?  Or in the plastic balls at the day care center?  What’s in your mattress?  Or the shampoo you use?  Manufacturers don’t want to tell us, but we should know if carcinogens and other toxic chemicals are in the products we use every day.  Washington State requires manufacturers to report on the toxic chemicals added to children’s products.  Don’t Massachusetts parents deserve the same right to know?

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Mind the Store

Consumers have the power to demand safer products. We work with the national Mind the Store campaign to push big box retailers to get toxic chemicals out of their products.  Staples, TJX Corporation, and Stop & Shop are all based in Massachusetts, and we’re leading the effort to get these major retailers to sell safer office supplies, furniture, clothing, and food.

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Watch the Trailer: Dark Waters

Burning flame retardants = bad!

That’s why Clean Water Action and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow delivered 433 letters to Governor Charlie Baker on Feb 14, 2020.   Our message: Sign the Act to Protect Children, Families and Firefighters!  It’s time to ban toxic flame retardants! Over a year ago, Baker vetoed a bill to ban 11 toxic flame retardants from upholstered furniture,  children’s products, mattresses, carpeting, bedding, and window treatments. So, when the legislative session started up again, our champions Representative Decker and Cynthia…

Staples announces new chemicals policy

Staples launches new policy to drive toxic chemicals out of office supplies, electronics, textiles, and other products

What are PFAS and should I be freaking out about them?

WBUR’s Senior Enviromental Reporter Barbara Moran explains what you need to know about PFAS, a class of thousands of chemicals that are ubiquitous in the environment and harmful in very small quantities.  Read WBUR’s article on PFAS.  

Toxic sludge from MWRA spreading PFAS throughout New England

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has been selling its sludge for the past 30 years, piping biosolids to a Quincy wastewater treatment plant that dries out the slurry and packages it into bags of Bay State Fertilizer.  MWRA sells and donates this fertilizer to farms, golf courses, and other properties throughout New England. On December 1, 2019, The Boston Globe reported that MWRA tests, conducted last March, found PFAS chemicals at levels of 18,000 per trillion. PFAS chemicals are a…

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