Problem: Children are exposed to toxic chemicals in children’s products.
Shouldn’t you know if toxic chemicals are in the shampoo that you use on your baby? The car seat you use? Or your baby’s mattress? What about the lotion you rub into your child’s skin?
Pregnant women, infants and children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals–in air, water, dust, food, and consumer products. We should be able to keep our children safe, but, in most cases, even the most aware parent or teacher doesn’t know what is in products their children use every day.
The Solution: Require reporting of toxic chemicals added to children’s products–and ban the most dangerous chemicals.
Require manufacturers to tell the state if they put toxic chemicals in children’s products. Identify a list of most hazardous chemicals–and ban those chemicals from being used in products manufactured, distributed or sold in Massachusetts.
Representative James Hawkins (D-Attleboro) has filed H939 An Act for Massachusetts Toxic Free Kids, and Senator Cynthia Friedman (D-Woburn) has filed S207 An Act Relative to Toxic Free Kids to require disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products. These bills:
- create a list of “toxic chemicals in consumer products.”
- require manufacturers to disclose to the Interstate Chemical Clearinghouse (based in Massachusetts) if any of the listed chemicals are included
The House bill filed by Hawkins also bans a subset of dangerous chemicals from children’s products, after a 3-year phase out period.
What you can do:
- Get the name and contact information of your state representative and senator at: https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact
- Tell them that you want to know what chemicals are in products you and your family use. Ask your representative to support H939 and your senator to support H939 and S207.
- Join the Healthy Tomorrow action list to learn about next steps!