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 […]
Executive Summary There is no safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Very young children are particularly vulnerable, even at low levels. While lead has been banned from household paint and gasoline for some time, there are numerous sources of exposure, including paint in older housing, water service lines and plumbing, and several continuing […]
Products in our homes are full of toxic flame retardants—typically at high levels. As ingredients in products from couches to building materials, these toxic chemicals are a part of our daily lives. We know also that these compounds don’t stay in products, making the exposure of children and adults a serious concern. To gain more […]
Toxic flame retardants have been turning up in our waterways since at least 1981 when scientists discovered the persistent toxic compounds known as PBDEs polluting a Swedish river. Since then, a whole alphabet soup of flame retardants that cause cancer, hormone disruption, and other toxic effects have been detected in waters and wildlife around the world. […]
This document summarizes the chemicals and products reported from March 5 to September 6 of 2013. Overall there were 4,605 reports of Chemicals of High Concern to Children reported in children’s products such as toys, clothing, baby safety products, and bedding during this time period.
Over 5000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The reports were filed by manufacturers in compliance with the state’s Children’s Safe Products Act of 2008. We analyzed these reports in Chemicals Revealed: 5,000 Kids’ Products Contain Toxic […]
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.
A report by Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States Over the last few years, toxic Tris flame retardants have become more prevalent in foam products after many states banned another group of toxic flame retardants known as PBDEs. Manufacturers switched to toxic Tris flame retardants despite their effect on public health. Our new study, Hidden […]
A report by Washington Toxics Coalition After the Children’s Safe Product Act was passed in 2008, the Department of Ecology created a list of chemicals of very high concern to children. This list included phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals that aren’t good for children’s health but are found in fragrances and vinyl products. In our report Something […]
BPA in Dollar Bills and Receipts A study by Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical of concern mainly associated with baby bottles and food containers. However, our research has discovered a new source of BPA exposure from items people handle every day- cash register receipts and money. […]