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 and to take action on toxic Teflon chemicals and hormone-disrupting phthalates.

Mission Statement
Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) uses groundbreaking research, top-notch advocacy, in-depth 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 and to take action on toxic Teflon chemicals and hormone-disrupting phthalates.

Moving the Marketplace
WTC is a key partner in the national Mind the Store Campaign that pressures the Top 10 U.S. retailers to get products containing toxic chemicals off of their shelves.  Successes include announcements by Macy's and Ashley Furniture to remove toxic flame retardants from furniture they sell, and by Lowe's and Home Depot to remove hormone-disrupting phthalates from flooring they sell.

Science of Emerging Toxics
WTC builds successful policy and marketplace programs on a foundation of solid science. Recent studies include:
  • Something's in the Air - WTC found multiple toxic flame retardants in the personal air of 10 prominent Washingtonians, highlighting air as a source of exposure.
  • Homes to Waters - WTC traced the pathway toxic flame retardant pollution takes from the home environment to Washington's waterways.
  • Seattle Gymnastics Academy (SGA) - WTC tested dust and foam at SGA prompting them to switch to using only toxic flame retardant-free uncovered foam. SGA just won a Safer Chemistry Champion award for this action.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

WTC's successes have wide-reaching impact.  In 2012 companies selling children's products in Washington had to start disclosing when these products contain certain toxic chemicals, thanks to WTC's work to pass our state's Children's Safe Products Act.  This law and others are prompting companies to weed these chemicals out of their children's products.  Here is what they are saying:

Artsana - makers of Chicco's products
  • "...Artsana has changed their better comply with the evolving chemical requirements of consumer products."
Gap, Inc.
  • "...leading retailers...including Gap, have been successfully removing phthalates from imported products in order to comply with legislated limits around the globe.''
Triboro Quilt
  • "We immediately added the Washington State list of chemicals and reporting limits to our...restricted substances list...the company has been working with factories to make improvements..."
Faber-Castell USA
  • "...our supplier modified the formula in order to provide us with a paraben free product...All shipments since Nov. 2012 are paraben free."

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.


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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