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.
At City Council hearing, Boston considers updating its Fire Prevention Code to better protect health and safety.
BOSTON, Mass. (November 5, 2015)—During a hearing held by the Boston City Council’s Committee on Public Safety, health care leaders, firefighters, moms, scientists, students, advocates, and others called on the City of Boston to update its fire code to allow schools, hospitals, libraries, and other institutions to furnish their buildings with flame retardant-free furniture when automatic fire sprinklers are present.
The flammability standard required for upholstered furniture in public spaces by the Boston Fire Prevention Code can only be met by adding large amounts of flame retardant chemicals to the furniture. Commonly used flame retardants can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Flame retardants can cause cancer, disrupt thyroid hormones, and affect brain development, including lower IQ and problems with motor skills and attention.Read more...
Just hours before a nationwide Mind-the-Store Campaign Day of Action on October 21 2015 was to call attention to the Macys’ sale of furniture containing toxic flame retardant chemicals, the retailer announced it would end the practice.
Macy’s responded to Mind the Store yesterday, saying in part, “We expect that our suppliers (the manufacturers of furniture sold at Macy’s) are no longer using the chemicals in question, and we believe a majority are already in compliance… We will be instructing any remaining suppliers who are using these chemicals to cease doing so…If we do identify a vendor that is still applying the old flame retardants, we will be requiring them to cease doing so immediately.”
The national Mind the Store campaign, a project of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, focuses on challenging major U.S. retailers to adopt policies to identify, restrict, and safely substitute the Hazardous 100+ chemicals in common consumer products. Mind the Store been working tirelessly to get the large retailer to stop selling furniture with toxic flame retardants and this victory was a direct result!Read more...
Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary released in 2013, brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned fire safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.
Please join the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow for a screening of this powerful film:
When: Sunday, October 18th, 2015 - Film starts at 6:30
Where: Amherst College, Stirn Auditorium, 41 Quadrangle Drive Amherst, MA 01002 (Directions)
RSVP: Sara Moffett - email - 413-584-9830 x1
What: Film screening followed by panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is pleased to announce the release of a new book Chemicals without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World authored by Massachusetts' own Ken Geiser.
Please join us for a reception to launch this important new book:
Thursday, September 17, 2015
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Conservation Law Foundation
62 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Thousands of synthetic chemicals are used to make our clothing, cosmetics, household products and electronic devices. However, many of these chemicals are hazardous and potentially dangerous to our health and the environment. For fifty years, the conventional approach to hazardous chemicals has focused on regulation, barriers, and control. Today, there is a growing international interest in going beyond a singular focus on toxic and hazardous chemicals and developing broader policies for managing all chemicals.Read more...
The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and partners at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are launching a new research project to find out what youth leaders (age 14-24) think about cosmetics and personal care products. How many products do you typically use each day? What are some of your favorite products? What do you know about and do you have any concerns about the safety of these products or product ingredients?
We’d really like to hear from you because we want to be responsive to your voice and your perspective. Ultimately, we’d like to make sure that the campaign we run includes youth leadership and focuses on the issues that concern young adults as a unique population that needs more representation on issues like this one.