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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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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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Ask your MA Senator to support the Act to Protect Children, Families & Firefighters

Get toxic flame retardants out of homes

Ask your Senator to support S2338, which bans 11 toxic flame retardants in residential furniture, children’s products, mattresses, and window treatments.

The Legislature voted to pass an identical bill last January, but Governor Baker vetoed it.

In one of the Senate’s first actions in 2019-20, they are going again on An Act to Protect Children, Families and Firefighters.  Huge thanks to  bill sponsor, Senator Cynthia Creem, and Senate Ways and Means Chair Senator Rodrigues for prioritizing passage this session.

Your Senator needs to hear that you support a ban on toxic flame retardants and are asking for a Yes vote on S2338.

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AHT at TJX Shareholder’s Meeting

The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and western Massachusetts activists from Don’t Take That Receipt went to the TJX shareholder’s meeting to press the company to get toxic chemicals out of their cash register receipts and products on their store shelves.  More here.

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