For the past 35 years, we have been making a difference in the lives of families in Washington state and beyond. The unique combination of science and multi-faceted advocacy campaigns has established TFF as a state and national leader in protecting public health and environment from harmful chemicals.
The impact of our work in Washington state ripples across the country and influences both state and federal laws. Below are a few of our most recent victories that have contributed to a safer, healthier environment for all. Our work is far from done, but we are proud of our results.
We successfully championed the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, a ban on new generation toxic flame retardants. The new Washington state law phases out five toxic flame retardants —TDCPP, TCEP, HBCD, TBBPA, and deca-BDE—in furniture and children’s products. It also creates a process for the state to take additional action on six more flame retardants.
In 2014 we worked collaboratively with Seattle Gymnastics Academy (SGA) to test for toxic flame retardants in SGA air and dust that originated in the facilities’ large amount of foam equipment. The results prompted the owner of SGA to switch out all uncovered foam in all SGA facilities to foam free of toxic flame retardants.
Manufacturers of children’s products began reporting the presence of toxic chemicals in their products in Washington state thanks to the passage of the Children’s Safe Products Act of 2008. This disclosure has given consumers and policymakers critical information about chemicals used in products for children. It has also driven many companies to adopt Washington’s reporting list in their chemical policies, including Apple, Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Triboro Quilt Co, and PVH Corporation (brands include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo).
We advocated for and won a ban on the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Now baby bottles, children’s food and beverage containers and sports bottles are free of this dangerous industrial compound.
We helped establish the strongest standards in the nation for lead, cadmium, and phthalates in kids’ products through passage of the Children’s Safe Products Act. This law also put in place strong new requirements for makers of children’s products to disclose harmful chemicals in their products that range from pacifiers and toys to cribs, car seats and shampoos. Passage of that law led Congress to adopt national standards.
Standing up to the chemical industry lobbying efforts, we played a pivotal role in banning PBDE toxic flame retardants in televisions, mattresses, and home furniture, including the first-ever ban on deca-BDE.
We helped establish the nation’s first program to phase out some of the worst toxic chemicals called persistent toxic chemicals (PBTs). As a result of that program, we advanced legislation to phase out mercury in 2003 and led to state action plans on lead, PCBs, and PBDE flame retardants.