The Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) combines policy advocacy, community organizing, research and education to protect public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Its public outreach is founded on the message that many of the same chemicals that are polluting the natural environment are also contaminating people and harming their health.
Public concern about toxic chemicals and health is at an all-time high. By conducting original research on the impact of product-based toxic chemicals, the WTC has established itself as an expert on the issue, giving the organization greater legitimacy in the policymaking arena. For instance, it was able to help secure the strongest standards in the nation restricting toxic chemicals in children’s products in Washington State and securing a state ban on the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups and sports bottles.
WTC provides the public with multiple ways to connect to its work - from social networking tools (such as Facebook and its ToxicsWatch blog), to a toxics telephone hotline, to visiting homes and businesses with handheld devices that test for heavy metals in everyday consumer products.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
WTC reaches diverse audiences through partnerships with community-based health organizations. Its collaboration with Planned Parenthood informs low-income pregnant women about avoiding toxins in baby products. They are always seeking additional partnerships, particularly with Latino and faith-based organizations.
WTC makes effective use of its partnerships with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and business groups across King County. WTC coordinates the Toxic Free Legacy Coalition, a diverse coalition of over 40 groups in the Northwest. The organization also is a founding member of SAFER (State Alliance for Reform of Chemical Policy) which includes diverse coalitions in 14 other states that benefit from shared knowledge and relationships and strategically leverage their work to achieve federal reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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