Recent reports of high levels of lead in fidget spinners are a good reminder that toxic chemicals remain in kids’ items. Fortunately in Washington state, companies that make toys and other kids’ products have to tell us what chemicals they use in their products by filing reports with the Washington State Department of Ecology. 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 

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 

We’re excited to announce a victory for kids’ health and consumers’ peace of mind!

Last month, in response to a letter we sent them, the Washington State Department of Ecology announced it will finally begin enforcing state standards for lead, cadmium, and phthalates for certain kids’ products, including clothing, jewelry, car seats, and cosmetics. Today, the agency took action to get kids’ jewelry high in lead and cadmium off store shelves. Continue reading 

The warm sweatshirt or fun pajamas your child is wearing could contain harmful toxic chemicals according to new chemical testing by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The results of this testing add up to one conclusion – there are too many toxic chemicals in kids’ clothes. Continue reading 

When parents go shopping, they expect products in stores to be safe for their kids. They certainly don’t expect kids’ dishes to contain cancer-causing formaldehyde, a chemical that is identified as a cause of leukemia and nose and throat cancer, and is linked to asthma and allergies. But that’s exactly what Fred Meyer says it’s dishing up in its children’s dish ware. Continue reading 

Update 11/8/15: Good news! After we alerted the Department of Ecology to possible violations of cadmium and phthalate standards in kids’ personal care products and clothes, Ecology said they will investigate to “establish a more comprehensive approach to hold manufacturers accountable for complying with both state and federal chemical regulations.” Read more.

This week we asked the Washington State Department of Ecology to investigate and take action against companies that appear to be violating state standards for cadmium and phthalates in kids’ clothing and personal care products. Continue reading