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.
Oil spilled into waterways and our communities, dangerous explosions and fire, and toxic smoke spewed into the air for miles are just a few of the reasons to stop transporting oil by train. Here’s another reason: even the fire response requires the use of dangerous chemicals that can contaminate our communities for decades.
Scientists unveiled some exciting news at the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver, BC. Several species of wildlife in Puget Sound - harbor seals, Pacific herring, and English sole - show decreasing levels of toxic flame retardant PBDEs in their bodies. This drop in PBDE levels follows bans and phaseouts of PBDEs that Washington and other states enacted locally. This is just one example of how state laws can make a difference in the face of weak federal toxics laws.
In the new federal reform of chemical policy, Congress failed to give American families, consumers, and health-affected communities what they desperately want: assurance that toxic chemicals in consumer products won’t harm their health. That’s why state governments, environmental health watchdogs, and everyday individuals will continue to play a vital role in protecting health from harmful chemicals.
A note from our Executive Director on passage of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, the bill to ban 5 toxic flame retardants in kids' products and home furniture.
We’re excited to announce a victory for kids’ health and consumers’ peace of mind! The Washington State Department of Ecology is finally enforcing standards for toxics in kids' products and is taking action on jewelry that testing high for lead and cadmium.
We don’t often think of children’s clothing as a source of toxic chemical exposure. But toxic chemicals are used in clothing for a variety of uses, including dyes, screen printing, stain protection, and waterproofing. New testing by the Washington State Department of Ecology finds many toxic chemicals remain in children's clothing.
We asked our secret shoppers to investigate whether popular furniture stores continue to sell furniture with toxic flame retardants. They found that toxic flame retardants is still hiding in plain sight in home furniture.
Good news! More kids in Washington will be tested for lead exposure thanks to a lawsuit filed last year. But the fact that kids need to be tested for lead exposure is a reminder of how broken our chemical laws really are.
Researchers have found that the more baby gear in the house can mean more cancer-causing flame retardants for baby.
Playing sports should keep our kids healthy, not make them sick. Yet, as a University of Washington soccer coach has discovered, that might not be the case if kids are playing on synthetic turf fields covered in crumb rubber infill.
When parents go shopping, they expect products in stores to be safe for their kids. They certainly don’t expect kids' dishes to contain cancer-causing formaldehyde. But that’s exactly what Fred Meyer says it's dishing up in its children’s dishware. But it’s not just formaldehyde in dishes.
Support for getting toxic flame retardants out of home furniture and kids products continues to grow! We’re excited to welcome the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as a supporter of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act.
Don't let recent reports of toxic chemicals in face paint and costumes frighten away your fun on Halloween. Follow these easy tips to make sure the only thing scaring you and your kids are ghosts and goblins!
WTC Asks State To Investigate Possible Violations Of Cadmium, Phthalate Standards For Kids' Products
We've asked the Washington State Department of Ecology to investigate and take action against companies that appear to be violating state standards for cadmium and phthalates in kids' clothing and personal care products.
We need your help to prevent the U.S. Senate from weakening Washington state's ability to take action against hazardous chemicals.
The lack of regulation on harmful chemicals in consumer products means parents may unknowingly expose their children to products containing harmful chemicals. Now over 6500 new reports filed by the makers of children’s products show the extent of the problem.
Nobody’s shopping list includes hormone-disrupting BPA. But a new study shows that you and your cashier are most likely getting a dose of the chemical each time the cashier hands you your receipt at the checkout.
Are you planning a trip to Fred Meyer or Macy's in the near future? If yes, here's your chance to help us with our campaign to get toxic flame retardants out of furniture.
Families with college-age kids are checking off their Dorm Essentials lists and packing up the car for that iconic family event – College Move-In Day. Here are some tips to reduce your college student’s exposure to toxic chemicals in their new digs.
New research over the last several years is beginning to create a scientific consensus: America’s thirty-year love affair with toxic flame retardants has left a disturbing legacy that threatens our children’s brain development. So what should you do to protect your family?