After 35 years, the Washington Toxics Coalition became Toxic-Free Future to better represent the organization’s hopeful vision for how the world should be for our families and environment.
Read more about the name change here.
Our mission: Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.
Tackling toxic chemicals involves complex science and systems. Our scientists bring the science of environmental health issues to the forefront to help policymakers, health advocates, and non-scientists make an impact.
We strive to make complicated issues easy to understand for everyone. Making the science come alive for people provides them with the information they need to protect their families, and is critical to move them to act.
Our original research fills in the gaps of scientific understanding behind the problem. Our experts sift through existing research to provide policymakers with the best possible information so they can make the best decisions to protect public health. For example, TFF’s peer-reviewed study, Something’s in the Air, helped convince policymakers to pass a ban on a new generation of toxic flame retardants. The study showed that our exposure to these chemicals through the air we breathe is more significant than previously thought.
Our research solves real world problems. 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.
TFF lobbies lawmakers, organizes communities, and meets with corporate decision makers to win stronger protections from toxic chemicals at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as in the marketplace. Working with partner organizations, this strategic, smart, sophisticated approach has been successful in achieving first-in-the-nation policies on toxic chemicals.
Toxic-Free Future empowers over 300,000 people a year to get involved in the fight for a healthier tomorrow. By making it easy to speak with legislators, understand how toxic chemicals affect our lives, and demand safer products, we inspire and engage thousands of people to spread the message that we need stronger policies to ensure our children will inherit a planet that will be healthier tomorrow than it is today.
Read about the key issues we are working on.
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. Our work is far from done, but we are proud of our results.