Shopping at a store shouldn’t involve guesswork about whether a TV contains toxic flame retardants or a shampoo is made with hormone-disrupting chemicals. But the reality is that consumers are hard-put to make healthy decisions for their families because there are few restrictions on the toxic chemicals used in consumer products. Continue reading
“Oh no, not Costco!” That’s what tens of thousands of consumers are saying about the company’s failure to announce a public policy to reduce toxic chemicals in products sold in their stores. As a result, it’s time for us to take this campaign to the next level to convince Costco to “mind the store” and announce a safe chemicals policy, and we need Costco members to help! Continue reading
Today I’m a mix of emotions. The news out of DC is scary. I’m very concerned about the Trump Administration and what it means for our health and environment.
But I’m also resolved to fight even harder to protect our health in Washington state. I know that Toxic-Free Future’s work to pass stronger toxics policies at the state level is even more critical now with Trump in charge in DC. 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
Over the last year, 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. While this is a good thing, we wanted to find out how the rest of the market was doing. We dispatched our secret shoppers to neighborhood retailers to investigate. 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
The last thing any parent wants to do is expose their child to something that could harm their health. Yet the lack of regulation on harmful chemicals in consumer products means parents may unknowingly expose their children to products containing harmful chemicals. Now over 6500 new reports filed by the makers of children’s products show the extent of the problem. Continue reading
Last week Lego announced that it will begin searching for a more sustainable material to replace the plastic in its iconic toy blocks. It’s not only great news for consumers, but could also be an example of how state disclosure laws and consumer demand are helping make the marketplace a little less toxic. Continue reading
If you’ve ever eaten a pizza, put on a raincoat, or wiped up a spill on your stain-resistant carpet, you’ve most likely experienced the miraculous properties of a class of chemicals used to make non-stick, waterproof, and stain resistant coatings. While they might keep our pizza fresh, our bodies dry, and our carpets free of stains, scientists say these chemicals have put consumers’ health in a sticky situation. Continue reading
Lotion, acne wash, cologne, deodorant… young people lather and primp daily with lots of personal care products, resulting in exposure to many combinations of untested and potentially harmful chemicals. Help guide tweens and teens toward safer cosmetics and bodycare with these tips.