We talk a lot about toxic flame retardants at Washington Toxics Coalition. A lot. But that’s because there’s alot to say about the harm they pose to our health. Today, we released a first-of-its kind, peer-reviewed study that brings a whole new meaning to “dirty laundry.” Flame retardants that cause cancer, learning disabilities and other problems literally attach to our clothing and wind up going down the drain when we do the wash.
Did you know that Walgreens, our nation's largest drugstore chain- a store where we shop for many of our healthcare needs for our children and ourselves-does not have a comprehensive policy to address toxic chemicals in products they carry in their stores?
We’re in the final days of the 2014 legislative session. The chemical industry, along with their allies, are spending a lot of time working to make sure we don’t have a strong Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act for another year. They want to make sure they can still sell their toxic flame retardants without any safeguards for our health -- even though we know these chemicals can cause cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive complications.
The Washington state Senate needs to know that Washingtonians want meaningful toxics reform! Join the Washington Toxics Coalition and members of the Toxic Free Legacy Campaign as we learn about how the Senate plans to address the issue of toxic flame retardants in children's products and home furnishings on Wednesday, February 5th at 8am.
Last session (2014) The Toxic Free Kids and Families Act passed the House with a vote of 72-25. The measure would ban six chemical flame retardants from home furnishings and children's products such as strollers and changing pads and help ensure that one bad chemical can't be replaced with another.
We are extremely disappointed and frustrated that the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294) didn’t make it out of the Senate in the final hours of the regular legislative session. The Senate never took up the strong House version of the bill, nor did it accept reasonable compromises offered by the bill sponsors. Massive last-minute lobbying by the American Chemistry Council, the Association of Washington Business and Walmart resulted in the Senate letting the bill die.
Nap time should be filled with sweet dreams, not with cancer causing flame retardants. Unfortunately, our recent testing has uncovered toxic flame retardants in foam nap mats sold in Washington state. We even found that legislators cannot escape these harmful chemicals!
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Well, if you’re stuck, here’s an idea: join the Washington Toxics Coalition team and support our efforts to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act. Help us protect our kids and environment from toxic flame retardants.