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.
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...
There is something really big going on right now. Earlier this year, a coalition of groups, led by Earthjustice and the Consumer Federation of America, filed a petition with the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission to ban the sale of a huge group of flame retardants in many household products. And what's really exciting is that the Commission just might do it.
Take Action: Before you read any further, send a message to the Consumer Products Safety Commission in support of the petition. The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is supporting the petitioning groups in getting a huge volume of comments in to the CPSC by October 19th, and your voice matters!
It is well-documented that flame retardants migrate out of products we use every day and into our homes, putting our children and families at risk for very serious health problems. Many studies have shown that these toxic chemicals are associated with health impacts including reduced IQ, cancer, reproductive problems, hormone disruption, and more.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...