For more than four decades, Toxic-Free Future has led the fight for prevention-based laws that protect people, communities, wildlife, and the environment from toxic chemicals, plastics, and pollution.
We have worked alongside environmental and social justice organizations, health professionals, unions, government officials, and state agencies to establish Washington state as a national leader in setting strong protections. Many other states and the federal government have acted following Washington’s lead.
Our work includes:
- Conducting research and publishing studies on toxic hazards found in products, people, wildlife, and waterways.
- Advocating at the state level to advance strong laws that protect health and the environment, especially the most vulnerable populations and species.
- Pressing Washington-based companies to lead by example and adopt policies that result in safer products and less pollution.
- Partnering with environmental, faith, labor, health, justice, and community-based organizations as well as people who are highly impacted by exposures to harmful chemicals and pollution.
Safer Products for Washington Act
Washington state passed precedent-setting legislation in 2019, the Safer Products for Washington Act. Protecting people and the environment from toxic pollution, this legislation is the nation’s strongest law regulating toxic chemicals in products—a major source of contamination in our homes, food, waterways, and bodies.More
In partnership with Seattle and King County Public Health and local community-based organizations, our Healthy Communities work helps to increase awareness of lead hazards in local communities of color and low-income communities that are disproportionately impacted by exposures to lead in their homes and products.More
Clean Building Materials
Healthier homes are built with healthier materials. U.S. residents spend about 90% of their time indoors, and research shows that the choices made by builders have long-term impacts on the health of the indoor environments they create. From flooring to insulation, caulks to paints, healthier options are available that can reduce the load of toxic chemicals in indoor spaces.More
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Our Washington state work has resulted in many years of victories, including more than a dozen laws that have set the bar for the nation.
Some highlights from 40 years of victories include:
2023: Washington State’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (HB 1047) was signed by Governor Inslee on May 15, 2023, making it the strongest law in the nation regulating cosmetics and personal care products.
2022: Winning a new law to put Washington on the fastest timeline in the nation to ban PFAS in products. The Department of Ecology moved forward with proposing bans on four chemical classes in 10 product categories under Safer Products for Washington.
2021: Protecting the drinking water for six million people in Washington from PFAS by getting the state to adopt action levels in response to a 2017 petition.
2019: Winning Safer Products for Washington, a landmark law leading the country in quickly assessing harmful chemicals in key products, resulting in regulatory action. As a result of this program, our state is set to put first-in-the-world bans in place, including PFAS in numerous products, phthalates in fragrances, bisphenols in thermal paper and beverage cans, and organohalogen flame retardants in casings of all indoor electronics.
2018: Kicking off a cascade of state laws addressing the entire class of PFAS with legislation banning PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam.
2016: Passed legislation banning toxic flame retardants in children’s products and furniture, helping lead the charge to eliminate flame retardants from these product classes entirely.
2008: Fast action to address toxic chemicals like lead in children’s products with the Children’s Safe Products Act, followed the same year by similar legislation in several other states and Congress.