Problem: Toxic Chemicals are in Food and Consumer Products.
Toxic chemicals are in a wide array of consumer products: food, packaging, clothing, sporting goods, toys, electronics, furniture, personal care products, and cleaners, among many others.
And it’s not just the stuff we buy that contain problematic chemicals. Many store receipts have bisphenol A, a hormone disrupter that has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
As consumers, we have power, and, by coming together with others across the country, we can use our power to make sure that stores sell safer products.
Solution: Organize consumers to tell retailers to get toxic chemicals out of their products.
AHT is part of the national Mind the Store campaign, which is working to get 100 hazardous chemicals out of consumer products.
Mind the Store is a campaign led by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF), coalition of 450 health and environmental organizations representing over 11 million Americans,
In Massachusetts, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is spearheading local efforts to hold retailers accountable. Our focus: working with national retailers that have Massachusetts headquarters:
- Ahold Delhaize (parent company of Stop and Shop)
- TJX Corporation
We are also participating in efforts to get Home Depot, Lowes, and other stores to stop selling paint strippers with toxic methylense chloride.
Retailers have a moral obligation to sell safe products—and consumers can help ensure that stores fulfill that obligation.
What You Can Do
- Email these major retailers and tell them you want them to get toxic chemicals out of their products
- Plan a meeting with your local retailer
- Join the Healthy Tomorrow Action Network to get updates on upcoming actions.
Don’t Take that Receipt!
This is a funny video about a serious problem, from the talented students at the Transformative Culture Project in Western Massachusetts, with the support of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, UMass Amherst, and Toxics Use Reduction Institute. More about the film and its message: https://www.bpa-free.me/aboutthefilm