Popcorn is one of the healthiest foods to eat. It’s low-fat (if you skip the butter) and it has lots of fiber. But new testing shows that depending on how it’s prepared, a healthy bowl of popcorn could come with an extra flavoring of toxic perfluorinated chemicals. Continue reading 

Today I’m a mix of emotions. The news out of DC is scary. I’m very concerned about the Trump Administration and what it means for our health and environment.

But I’m also resolved to fight even harder to protect our health in Washington state. I know that Toxic-Free Future’s work to pass stronger toxics policies at the state level is even more critical now with Trump in charge in DC. Continue reading 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it will begin evaluating ten chemicals under the new federal chemicals law passed this summer. The list includes asbestos, the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene), and dioxane, a cancer-causing chemical found in baby shampoos and other personal care products. Continue reading 

This Thanksgiving many of us will gather with friends and family and think about all we have to be thankful for. This time to reflect couldn’t come at a better time after the mentally exhausting election we just experienced.

I won’t lie. The results of the election will make our work harder in D.C. We should expect a Trump Administration to severely weaken the US EPA, which means newly passed chemical reforms could be delayed or severely weakened. The new administration could block the rights of states to take action on chemicals, and the chemical industry will be fighting tooth and nail for their favorite insiders to be appointed to key positions. The chemical industry will be fighting tooth and nail for their favorite insiders to be appointed to key positions. Continue reading 

A new report out today rates some of the biggest retailers on their efforts to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in products sold in their stores. Two Washington state-based companies, Amazon and Costco, received the lowest grades (“Fs”) nationwide for their efforts. In comparison, Target and Wal-Mart received “Bs”. Continue reading 

It’s that time of year again when makers of children’s products must disclose to the public if their products contain chemicals that aren’t good for kids health.

We analyzed the data from this recent round of reports. The news isn’t great: kids’ products sold in Washington state still contain far too many toxic chemicals. Continue reading 

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We are excited to announce that after 35 years, Washington Toxics Coalition is changing its name to Toxic-Free Future!

Through a rigorous process working with our board and staff, we decided on Toxic-Free Future because it communicates our hopeful vision for how the world should be for our families and environment. It’s an ambitious vision – but we are up to the task. Continue reading 

The end is in sight! In just two short months the election season will be over. The yard signs will be taken down, campaign ads enshrined in history on YouTube, and your mailbox no longer stuffed full of candidate mailings.  But before that idyllic time is upon us, candidates will be asking for your vote on November 8th. You’ll need to decide what issues will factor into your decision.

Do you know where your candidates stand on toxics issues?   Continue reading 

Finding out what chemicals are used in kids’ products is no easy feat. We know this first hand. We have our own scientists to figure out what chemicals are in products. Our scientists have used an XRF “x-ray gun” to test for lead and cadmium in toys, cut foam out of couches and baby products to test for toxic flame retardants, swabbed down money to test for BPA, and even cut pieces of plastic from TVs to test for flame retardants. 

Of course you the consumer can’t do this kind of testing. Continue reading 

Does anyone out there watch Modern Family? There’s an episode when the characters Cam & Mitch go to Costco. Cam is all about Costco, while Mitch thinks it’s a ridiculous proposition – who could possibly need or use all that stuff? By the end, Mitch wants to buy a shed (sold at Costco) to hold the boxes and boxes of diapers and other stuff they absolutely must have. Watch the clip.

That episode pretty much sums up how I went from Costco disdainer to Costco lover. Continue reading