Washington Toxics Coalition 


Washington Toxics Coalition protects health and the environment from toxic chemicals.  WTC wins high-impact toxic chemical policy reforms, engages consumers to get toxics out of the marketplace, advocates for safer chemicals and products, and advances the science of emerging toxics. WTC’s achievements include banning BPA in baby bottles, PBDE flame retardants in electronics, and banning phthalates, cadmium, and lead in children’s products. WTC’s current priority is to ban five additional toxic flame retardants.

Mission Statement
Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) uses groundbreaking research, top-notch advocacy, in-depth grassroots organizing and high quality consumer information to help create a healthier and just world by promoting safer products, chemicals, and practices, and a healthier future for the next generation.
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Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave N Ste 540 
(206) 632-1545 

Laurie Valeriano 
Executive Director 


Washington Toxics Coalition Programs

Toxic-Free Legacy Campaign
WTC collaborates with diverse partners ranging from firefighters groups, health care organizations, and faith-based and community groups to achieve wide-reaching state policies that remove toxic chemicals from everyday consumer products. Our current campaign priority is to ban five toxic flame retardants from children’s products and furniture.

Moving the Marketplace
WTC is a key partner in the national Mind the Store Campaign that pressures the Top Ten U.S. retailers to get products containing toxic chemicals off of their shelves.  Successes include announcements by Target and Walmart to remove toxics from select categories of products. 

Finding Safer Alternatives
WTC works with Washington’s new green chemistry center and advances the use of alternatives assessments for finding safer alternatives. This provides resources that business and industry need to produce safer products for consumer use. 

Science of Emerging Toxics
WTC builds successful policy and marketplace programs on a foundation of solid science. Recent studies include:

  • Homes to Waters - WTC traced the pathway toxic flame retardant pollution takes from the home environment to Washington's waterways.
  • Seattle Gymnastics Academy - WTC tested SGA facilities for toxic flame retardants commonly added to foam padding, sparking SGA to switch to foam without added flame retardants.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

WTC’s successes have wide-reaching impact.  In 2010 WTC led a winning campaign to ban hormone-disrupting BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, sports water bottles, and children’s dishware.  This spurred the FDA to ban BPA in baby bottles nationally.  Now:

In King County
  • 25,000 babies born every year, or 75,000 children ages 3 and under are being fed from BPA-free bottles and dishware.
  • Over 1 million people are drinking from BPA-free reusable water bottles.
In Washington State
  • 86,500 babies born every year, or 260,000 children ages 3 and under are being fed from BPA-free bottles and dishware.
  • Almost 4 million people are drinking from BPA-free reusable water bottles.
In The U.S.
  • 3,248,000 babies born every year are being fed from BPA-free baby bottles.
WTC’s current challenge is to stop the chemical industry from replacing restricted toxics with chemicals that are just as bad or worse.  Following WTC’s successful campaign to ban PBDE flame retardants in 2007 the chemical industry responded by substituting other toxic flame retardants.  WTC is working to ban more flame retardants in children’s products and furniture and to require the use of safer alternatives. Chemical flame retardants have been shown to be ineffective in many fire safety applications with safer alternatives already identified. WTC has attracted remarkable bipartisan support for this ban.  It’s now time to push the ban over the top and get toxic flame retardants under control.    


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.

Proven Success
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.

Best Practices
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:

3/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2009 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2007 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.


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