Over 5,000 children’s products containing toxic chemicals are sitting on store shelves in our state. Under Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act of 2008 requirements are phasing-in for children’s product manufacturers to report those that contain chemicals found on our state’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
Over 5000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The reports were filed by manufacturers in compliance with the state's Children's Safe Products Act of 2008.
We analyzed these reports in Chemicals Revealed: 5,000 Kids’ Products Contain Toxic Chemicals and found that makers of kids’ products reported using a total of 41 chemicals identified by Ecology as a concern for children’s health, including toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, and antimony, and organic compounds such as phthalates. Major manufacturers who reported using the chemicals in their products include Walmart, Gap, Gymboree, Hallmark, and H & M.