Washington Toxics Coalition Programs
Toxic-Free Legacy Campaign
WTC collaborates with diverse partners in health care, faith communities, communities of color, and the disability community to achieve precedent-setting policy reforms that get unregulated toxic chemicals out of consumer products.
Move the Marketplace
WTC puts the pressure on toxic chemicals through the marketplace as an integral partner in the national Mind the Store
Campaign. WTC engages consumers in asking the Top Ten U.S. retailers to stop selling products containing toxic chemicals.
Promote Safer Alternatives
WTC works with Washington’s new green chemistry center to advance solutions for reducing toxic use in business and industry, and we promote the use of alternatives assessments for finding safer alternatives.
Science of Emerging Toxics
WTC grounds all of our work in solid science. Our newest achievements include:
- Homes to Waters - Traces the pathway toxic flame retardant pollution takes from hitchhiking in dust on clothes to contaminate laundry water, the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and other waterways.
- Seattle Gymnastics Academy - Testing at SGA facilities for toxic flame retardants, commonly added to foam padding, sparked SGA to exchange flame retardant-containing for safer foam.
- What's On Your List? Toxic Chemicals In Your Shopping Cart - Brought to light thousands of children's products sold in Washington that contain Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
WTC gets results. We are the people who:
- Banned BPA from baby bottles and sports bottles in Washington. The ban on BPA in baby bottles was taken up nationally by the FDA.
- Won the strongest controls in the nation on lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children's products.
- Achieved the nation's most comprehensive chemical reporting requirement; manufacturers must now report if their children's products sold in Washington contain any of 66 harmful chemicals.
- Got the nation's first program in place to phase out persistent toxic chemicals resulting in the phase out of two key Puget Sound contaminants - mercury and PBDE flame retardants.
- Spurred a voluntary phase out of PBDE production nationally through our ban in Washington. A known persistent and bioaccumulative pollutant in Puget Sound, PBDE levels in one species of monitored fish have begun to fall.
WTC is closing in on additional neurotoxic, cancer-causing flame retardants. Our goal is to get them phased out of children's products and furniture in Washington and to require companies to use safer alternatives. Support for the phase out has dramatically increased over the last two years and has attracted remarkable bipartisan support in Washington in this era of partisan gridlock. These flame retardants have been shown to be ineffective in many fire safety applications and safer alternatives have already been demonstrated. It's time to push this phase out over the top and get these toxic flame retardants under control.