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PFAS and Flame Retardants

Project Details

Year: 2020
Location: Boston
Project Manager: Elizabeth Saunders

The goal of this project was to educate people in Massachusetts about the prevalence of toxic flame retardant and PFAS chemicals in everyday products and in their communities. It raised awareness about exposures that people may be experiencing themselves, or that members of their families and communities may be experiencing (such as children and first responders), and the harm to health that those exposures can cause. 


Clean Water Fund created fact sheets on PFAS and flame retardants and made them available on the Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund websites.  They created an infographic on PFAS and updated an existing infographic on flame retardants and began distributing them via their blog, social media and email lists. They wrote a blog post on PFAS and one on toxic flame retardants. 

Both fact sheets have been translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole and the PFAS fact sheet into Portuguese.


The finalized workshop deployed three times: one for the staff of Cerulli Associates (a Boston based financial firm), one for Clean Water’s membership and broader community (which was attended by one state legislator and one legislative staff person among many others), and one for youth at Propa City Community Outreach (a Dorchester based organization). The workshop for Clean Water Fund’s broader community was recorded and posted on the Clean Water website. 

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