The Issues

Toxic-Free Future takes on classes of chemicals that are widely used, extremely toxic and have the potential to significantly impact the health of people, especially children, wildlife and waterways. Currently we are advocating for bans on flame retardants, non-stick, stain-resistant PFC chemicals and other toxic chemicals that pose a threat to health and environment.

Toxic Flame Retardants

From our TVs to our automobiles, furniture and building materials, dangerous cancer-causing and brain-harming flame retardants are used in the name of fire safety when safer alternatives are available. A recent study found toddlers had up to five times more toxic flame retardants in their bodies than their mothers.

TFF is working to ensure Washington’s 2016 ban on flame retardants in children’s products and furniture is implemented, and demanding reforms from the government and companies that will achieve toxic-free fire safety and protect our children, firefighters, and environment.

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Phthalates

Phthalates can be the “fragrance” in perfume, the chemical that makes a plastic shower curtain flexible, or the thing that results in that “new car smell.” They are a class of chemicals that have the ability to trick your body into believing they are natural hormones when they are not. Numerous animal studies strongly correlate exposure to these chemicals to reproductive problems in offspring. In one human study, boys born to mothers with greater exposure had altered genital development.

Toxic-Free Future is calling on companies to eliminate phthalates from products, looking into major sources of exposure such as the food we eat, and advancing policies that build on existing bans on phthalates in toys.

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Perfluorinated (PFAS) Chemicals

While they might keep our pizza fresh, our bodies dry, and our carpets free of stains, these highly persistent, cancer-causing chemicals are wreaking havoc on our health and environment.

After major contamination of communities and lawsuits showing manufacturers knew the threat these chemicals posed for decades, EPA has taken some limited actions to address PFAS chemicals. However, other fluorinated chemicals similar in structure are taking their place, and little information is publicly available on their potential hazards and uses.

Researchers are concerned about the use of these chemicals in food packaging. Two recent studies found the chemicals are used in many microwave popcorn bags and fast food packaging. Some of these chemicals can leach out into food.

In 2017, a bill was introduced in the Washington State Legislature to ban the use of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging. Toxic-Free Future supports this bill and testified in favor of the bill.

Washington state agencies are once again leading the nation and taking on the challenge of finding out more about these chemicals and developing a plan of action. Toxic-Free Future is at the table helping to create a strong plan and set of actions that protect Washingtonians.

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Lead

The widespread consensus among scientists and health professionals is that there is no safe level of lead for humans. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that “Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.” Lead exposure can come from many sources: paint, toys, dishes, jewelry, candles, vinyl plastic, remedies, and contaminated drinking water.

Toxic-Free Future has be at the forefront of banning lead in toys and continues to work on reducing lead exposure in children through policy changes, research and education.

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