Keeping a watchful eye on toxic chemicals and healthy solutions
Welcome to the ToxicsWAtch Blog! Here you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the latest science on toxic chemicals, tips for finding safer products, and what you can do to help win policies to protect health and environment from harmful chemicals.
A recent report that some crayons contain cancer-causing asbestos is a good reminder that not all art supplies are healthy choices for kids. But by following a few simple tips and choosing art supplies carefully, it’s easy to keep your kids’ artistic endeavors healthy and fun!
Unfortunately, the 2015 Legislature adjourned without passing the ban on toxic flame retardants in residential furniture and kids' products. Powerful opposition came from the chemical industry and the Washington Retail Association, the trade association for big retailers such as Fred Meyer, Costco, Target, and Walmart. But we're not done yet!
We're looking for a few good shoppers to help us gather information on products being sold at a local large retailer. Can you help?
Lego has announced it will begin looking for a more sustainable materials to replace the plastic in its iconic toy blocks. Here's how the powerful combination of disclosure laws and consumer demand can move mountains, even ones made of tiny grey blocks.
Toxic flame retardants in your couch and TV aren't only bad for your health, these chemicals may also be making salmon sick—that's what northwest researchers found out in two new studies. WTC's Science Director explains.
Summer means long days at the beach, in the garden, and at barbeques. Here are five things you can do to keep you and your family away from toxic chemicals.
Parents put kids in car seats to keep them safe. Now a new study says these critical safety devices are full of toxic flame retardants that can harm children’s health. Vigilant parents are now left to ask “What should I do?”
As the summer movie season kicks off, we could be in for a summer blockbuster of our own– real reform of the nation’s chemical laws. But this potential blockbuster could turn out to be a bust if the current bills don’t improve.
After a hectic and intense four months, the dust has settled on the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. So what happened? Did the ban on toxic flame retardants pass?
Washington Toxics Coalition's Science Director traveled to China last month to attend a conference on flame retardants. Read her report about what she learned on the latest science and the reaction when she shared our research and policy work.
If you’ve ever eaten a pizza, put on a raincoat, or wiped up a spill on your stain-resistant carpet, you’ve most likely experienced the miraculous properties of a class of chemicals used to make non-stick, waterproof, and stain resistant coatings. Scientists say these chemicals have put consumers’ health in a sticky situation.
The Legislature has gone into extra innings, otherwise known as Special Session, and the Toxic-Free Kids & Families Act (2ESHB 1174) was one of the few policy bills made a priority by the House. Help us hit it out of the park!
Breathing. It’s something we do on average between 17,000 and 23,000 times a day. I used to not even think about breathing. But I've been I thinking about this life necessity a lot lately now that I know each breath I take is contaminated with toxic flame retardants from foam items in my home.
Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise is what most experts will tell you are the best ways to keep a trim figure and prevent type 2 diabetes. But what if that’s not all? What if certain toxic chemicals found in our homes could be contributing to obesity and insulin resistance because they affect the body’s ability to process sugar and fats?
Washington’s kids need your help! The State Senate is poised to rollback Washington’s strong limits on cadmium in kids’ jewelry. If the bill passes, kids will be exposed to MORE of the cancer-causing heavy metal. We can’t let this happen.
For many young adults today, traversing the rough terrain of our early twenties is no cake walk. We are thrown into the post-grad “real world” of ambiguous career paths, shifting identities, overwhelming responsibilities, and wobbly stability. As a person of faith, I often wonder what to carry forward with me; and what to let go?
Just as many parents have long mused, Swedish researchers have confirmed that the sludge toddlers expel into their diapers IS, in fact, full of toxic waste.
A hundred years ago, the big concern of public health nurses was communicable diseases and how we keep children and vulnerable populations healthy. Today it is the threat of toxic chemicals in our workplaces, communities and homes.
We're jumping for joy at the recent news that several major furniture retailers announced they were phasing out the use of toxic flame retardants. But even though major companies say they will no longer use toxic flame retardants, what about the ones still using the chemicals? And what about the possibility that even worse chemicals could be used as replacements? That's why we need your help to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act!
The football Seahawks are flying high to the Super Bowl! As Seahawks fans celebrate, the bird Seahawks (aka osprey) have something to celebrate too: lower levels of the toxic flame retardants PBDEs in birds and other wildlife.