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.