Toxic Convenience: The hidden costs of forever chemicals in stain- and water-resistant products (2022) – New testing finds toxic chemicals in most products labeled stain- or water-resistant, with 72% testing positive for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Items that were found to contain “forever chemicals” include rain jackets, hiking pants, mattress pads, comforters, napkins, and tablecloths. The report also reveals that PFAS-free products are available in each of the three main product categories studied, proving that alternatives are in use.
Packaged in Pollution: Are food chains using PFAS in packaging? (2020) – New testing indicates major fast-food chains are still serving up PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) with some of their most popular takeout foods, despite increasing consumer demand and legislative action to phase out the use of toxic PFAS chemicals.
Toxic TV Binge: An Investigation into Flame Retardants in Televisions (2019) – Our new investigation of six leading Best Buy and Amazon-brand televisions, co-authored with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, revealed retailers and suppliers are using outdated, hazardous chemicals to meet fire safety standards that can be met with safer alternatives or material changes.
Take Out Toxics: PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging (2018) – Grocery store takeout is a convenient way to get dinner on the table. But it shouldn’t come with harmful nonstick PFAS chemicals. Our new study, conducted with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, looks at the extent to which five of the nation’s largest grocery store chains are using and selling PFAS-containing food packaging, including containers, wrappers, and other food packages.
Toxic Flame Retardants in Nap Mats (2018) – Childcare centers that use foam nap mats can have higher levels of cancer-causing flame retardants in their dust. Children are exposed to the chemicals when they breathe or ingest the dust. We wondered whether it was possible to reduce kids’ exposures to toxic flame retardants in childcares. Our new study answers this question with a resounding YES and provides a clear solution for reducing these chemicals not only in childcares, but in schools, homes, and workplaces too.
PFASs in Popcorn Bags and Pizza Boxes (2018) – Popcorn is the quintessential American snack. Watching a movie? Kids want a snack? Get hungry at work? Turns out that microwave popcorn bags pose a threat to our health. Unlike popcorn bags, pizza boxes do not appear to widely contain PFAS chemicals. Find out what this means for alternatives to PFAS.
TV Reality: Toxic Flame Retardants in TVs (2017) – It’s common knowledge that watching too much TV isn’t great for your health. But did you know that TVs could be bad for your health in a new and unexpected way? In a new study coauthored with Clean Production Action, we found that TVs continue to contain toxic flame retardants that can escape the TV and contaminate house dust in homes.
Hiding In Plain Sight: Toxic Flame Retardants and Home Furniture (2016) – As more and more shoppers demand products without toxic flame retardants, several furniture manufacturers and retailers have announced they are no longer using toxic flame retardants in their products. Yet we discovered that 44% of home furniture surveyed in major furniture stores contained, or was likely to contain, toxic flame retardants.
Fred Meyer Dishes Up Formaldehyde In Kids’ Dishes (2015) – Our analysis of Fred Meyer’s own chemical reports revealed the company is selling kids’ products containing toxic chemicals, including dishware with formaldehyde, baby clothing with antimony, toys with phthalates, and personal care products with parabens.
What’s On Your List? Toxic Chemicals in Your Shopping Cart (2014) – This study looks at harmful chemicals in children’s products reported by makers of those products to the Washington Department of Ecology through September 2013. All health effects information given in What’s On Your List? is based on information compiled by Washington’s Department of Health to create the reporting list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
Toxic Flame Retardants in Day Care Nap Mats (2013) – This study revealed children’s nap mats purchased in Washington state, and used in daycares, contain harmful flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, impacts on fertility and reproductive health, allergies, hormone disruption, and other serious health problems.
Chemicals Revealed: Over 5,000 Kids’ Products Contain Toxic Chemicals (2013) – Makers of children’s products reported more than 5,000 instances of products containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). In 2013, they reported using a total of 41 chemicals identified as a concern for children’s health, including toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, and antimony, and organic compounds such as phthalates. Major manufacturers who reported using the chemicals in their products include Walmart, Gap, Gymboree, Hallmark, and H & M.
Walmart – Get the Lead Out! (2013) – Testing of Walmart jewelry products revealed that Walmart was selling products with extremely high levels of lead, known to be toxic to the developing brain.
Hidden Hazards in the Nursery (2012) – This study collected and tested popular baby products, including nursing pillows and car seats, for toxic flame retardants. Our research found the vast majority contain these toxic flame retardants linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and other health effects.
Something Smells: What Tween Perfume Makers Should Tell You, But Don’t (2012) – In this study, we found that some children’s perfume and body sprays contained phthalates, yet these companies were not complying with the state law requiring them to report the presence of these chemicals to the Department of Ecology and the public.
On the Money (2010) – This study investigated the extent to which thermal receipt paper containing BPA has permeated the market, and whether this hormone-disrupting chemical is escaping onto the money that lies close to these receipts in people’s wallets.
Not So Squeaky Clean (2007) – TFF bought toys from common retailers and tested them for phthalates. This study revealed that many of the toys contained phthalates, in some at levels approaching 50%.