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December / 2015

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

The SCHF coalition cumulatively represents over 11 million individuals dedicated to reforming chemicals policy at the national level.

Founded in 2009, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) is a national coalition with the goal of reducing the number of toxic chemicals present in everyday products. Today, it encompasses 450 organizations including environmental justice groups, state environmental health coalitions, parents’ organizations, the learning and developmental disabilities community, breast cancer activists, health care providers, reproductive health and rights groups, national environmental organizations and businesses. The SCHF coalition cumulatively represents over 11 million individuals dedicated to reforming chemicals policy at the national level.

The coalition integrates state and federal advocacy and market pressure to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Most notably, they created Mind the Store, which pushed giant retailers including Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes and others to replace toxic chemicals in their products with safer, healthier alternatives.

SCHF’s persistent advocacy means that in 2016, we will likely see the first overhaul of the country’s chemicals regulations in 40 years. This new policy will be a major opportunity to put human health and the environment above corporate profits, a major goal of our Health and the Environment Program.