Toxic Free Kids
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, often we don’t even know what is in products our children use every day.
Companies that manufacture children’s products should be required to tell the state what toxic chemicals are in the toys, teethers, infant clothing, diapers, strollers and other products marketed for children under age 12.
States like New York, Oregon, and Washington have already taken action to require companies to be transparent about the hazardous chemicals they put in children’s products—and it’s time for Massachusetts to do the same.
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 in their children’s products
The House bill filed by Hawkins also bans 8 dangerous chemicals (lead, mercury, formaldehyde, asbestos, arsenic, tris phosphate, benzene and cadmium) and the entire PFAS class from being used in children’s products and gives manufacturers three years to comply.
Get the name and contact information of your State Representative and Senator here.
- Call or email and let your legislator to cosponsor and support H939 and S2017. Toxic chemicals do not belong in children’s products.
- Join our Clean Water Action Member List. We will send you updates about the Toxic Free Kids campaign and let you know about opportunities to let your legislators know what you want them to do about toxic chemicals that harm the health of Massachusetts residents.