History and Accomplishments

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow has educated thousands of parents, child care workers, health professionals, businesses, and environmentalists about the risks of toxic chemicals in consumer products.  We have convened hundreds of house parties, meetings, film screenings, lectures, and plain old 1:1 conversations to educate and engage Massachusetts residents in the fight for a safer tomorrow.  With our individual members and member organizations, we have:

  • Convinced Boston City Council to change the City Fire Code. City now allows flame-retardant free furniture in institutional, sprinklered buildings such as assembly spaces, lobbies, hotels, and dorms. 2016
  • With our national partner Mind the Store, convinced Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Walgreens, Target, Macy’s and Walmart to eliminate certain toxic chemicals from their stores. We continue to push for increased specificity and action from these retailers. 2015
  • With our national partner Mind the Store, convinced furniture retailers to stop using flame retardants in upholstered furniture.  The nation’s largest furniture retailer, Ashley, announced a full phase out of toxic flame retardants while Crate and Barrel, Room and Board, Williams-Sonoma (Pottery Barn, West Elm) confirmed that they have mostly eliminated toxic flame retardants from their furniture.  2015
  • Pushed the Toxics Use Reduction Act Administrative Council to use its authority to list five chemicals as Higher Hazard Substances.  Prior to 2014, only seven chemicals had been designated as HHS since TURA was enacted in 1989. The additional five designated substances include:
    • hydrogen fluoride and cyanide compounds, both of which are acutely toxic and linked to long-term chronic health conditions;
    • 1-Bromopropane, which is linked to neurological illnesses, cancer and reproductive disorders;
    • Dimethylformamide, which is linked to severe liver damage; and
    • Methylene Chloride, linked to cancers and acute toxicity, leading to heart attacks and death. 2014
  • Encouraged the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ban bisphenol A (BPA) baby bottles and cups, making Massachusetts the 8th state to restrict the use of this endocrine disrupting chemical. 2010
  • Convinced the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, Laurie Burt, to join forces with officials from twelve other states to define a set of eight guiding principles to be used for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) —a federal law passed in 1976. 2009
  • Encouraged Governor Patrick to issue the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Executive Order, which requires Massachusetts state agencies to purchase products and services that are less toxic and more environmentally sustainable. 2009
  • Convinced the  Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue a consumer warning for pregnant women to avoid products containing bisphenol A. 2009
  • Successfully advocated for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to use its regulatory authority to ban the manufacture, transport or sale of children’s jewelry containing more than 600 ppm lead content.  This state ban was later pre-empted by a federal law, but Massachusetts regulations helped set the stage of federal action. 2008
  • Successfully passed An Act Relative to Mercury Management after a six year campaign.  This bill remains one of the strongest state laws phasing out the use of mercury containing products and requiring manufacturers to set up collection programs to keep discarded products out of the waste stream. 2006
  • Obtained $250,000, overriding veto, to fund a Safer Alternatives Study conducted by Toxic Use Reductions Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell.  This study assessed the safety and feasibility of alternatives to  five widely used toxic chemicals. The study was completed in July 2006 and resulted in a call to action for lawmakers to pass legislation to encourage companies to use safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, whenever the alternatives are available and feasible. 2005
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