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Toxic-Free Future partners with Seattle and King County Public Health and local community-based organizations 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.

TFF conducts testing and shares tips to avoid lead exposures at community-led events, and shares information about potential exposures to other harmful chemical classes such as PFAS, toxic flame retardants, phthalates and bisphenols in furniture, stain and water resistance treatments, flooring, food containers, and cosmetics and personal care items. 

Toxic-Free Future’s Washington program also works to ensure that affordable housing in Washington is safe and free from harmful chemicals.

PFAS, toxic flame retardants and other chemicals used in materials to build housing migrate from flooring, insulation, and other items into indoor air and dust and expose residents to the harmful effects of those toxic chemicals. 

We are advocating that strong protections be added to the state’s Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, the statewide regulation governing construction and remodeling of affordable housing that is based on a national model. Safer chemical-free products and materials are available. Our top priorities are: 

  • Restrictions on two-part spray foam insulation that contains organohalogen flame retardants
  • Eliminating the use of carpers containing PFAS chemicals
  • Restrictions on alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) in paint
  • Eliminating ortho-phthalates in sealants
  • Requiring ingredient transparency so housing developers know what chemicals are in products they choose