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.
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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The holidays can be a time to slow down, take stock of what’s important and share a special feast for our special friends and family. But while you’re setting your plans for the big day, you may also want to think about how you’re setting your table.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has unveiled a draft outline of legislation this week that could bring regulating toxic chemicals in Washington state under the umbrella of the Department of Ecology — away from the Legislature’s purview — and could spell far-reaching implications for manufacturers and industries.
Growing up in rural Louisiana in the middle of a cotton field, I used to love to watch the crop-dusting aerobatics of the small planes as they sprayed pesticides mere feet from my backyard fence. As a child, it never dawned on me that my health and safety were being compromised by the very government I thought was in place to protect me.
When San Francisco firefighters rush out the firehouse doors, sirens screeching on the way to fight fires, they put their lives on the line in more ways than one. In responding to roughly 28,000 fire calls a year, members of the San Francisco Fire Department are routinely exposed to flame retardants, diesel exhaust and other toxic chemicals that seep out of raging infernos and work their way into the air.
A chemical flame retardant, banned in certain products in Washington state, is showing up in the environment, years later, in alarming levels. Scientists studied the livers of 21 bald and golden eagles collected from Washington and Idaho and found polybrominated diphenyl ethers, known as PBDEs. Higher levels of the toxic compound were found in samples of eagles from urban areas.
Tis the season, but not what you’re thinking. It’s Election Day and we have all experienced the non-stop political ads, candidate info stuffing our mailboxes and those phone calls from numbers we don’t recognize, reminding us to vote and telling us for whom to vote for many weeks now. Regardless of what happens in this mid-term election we know a couple of things -- Latinos, while the fastest growing minority group in our state, should expect to be heavily courted by office-seekers, but more often than not are overlooked. And while candidates try to court the female vote, they are often one-note singers.