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.
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.
ating 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.
We recently sat down with KEXP's Diane Horn to talk all things toxic flame retardants, including what state legislators might do to protect our health from these chemicals in the upcoming legislative session.
If you’re reading this post while at work, the chance that the chair you’re sitting on could soon be made without toxic flame retardants is getting better. That’s because more workplaces are choosing to protect their workers’ health by buying furniture without toxic flame retardants and more furniture companies are recognizing safer products are good for business.
Karen Bowman has spent almost a decade working with us to pass laws that stop millions of pounds of brain harming lead, mercury, and PBDE flame retardants from being used in our homes and getting into our bodies.
There are days in the advocacy profession that leave some of us shaking our head and asking “When is it enough?” Last week was one of those days. News broke that one of Puget Sound’s endangered orcas was found dead on a British Columbia beach. If that isn’t sad enough, yesterday we learned she was pregnant too. Now there are only 77 orcas left in Puget Sound. Scientists point to toxic chemicals as one of the culprits.
This holiday season I have a lot for which I am thankful. The big stuff: family, health, security, friends. And the small stuff: my coffee mug fits perfectly in the cup holder in my car and today my son woke up on time so I didn't need to drag him out of bed. And in my job and life, I'm thankful for people who are taking action to make the world a better place. People taking steps to make everything better for my family's and community’s future.
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