Our partners are a vital part of the work we do. Through collaboration we are able to more effectively address larger issues that impact our communities and region.
Investing in work through our partnerships brings broader and more varied viewpoints and voices to the table.
Our partners include:
The Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition
TFF coordinates and leads this alliance of over 60 Washington state health, environmental, and community organizations. Members of this group are working to protect health and the environment from toxic chemicals. The TFL Coalition has successfully helped pass ground breaking laws banning mercury, toxic flame retardants, lead, cadmium, phthalates and BPA in consumer products, and helped pass the first ever law requiring children’s product manufacturers to report the presence of toxic chemicals in their products. The TFL Coalition is led by a steering committee of TFF, Earth Ministry, Arc of WA, and Progreso: Latin Progress.
For 25 years, Earth Ministry has been a national leader in engaging the religious community in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Faith leaders provide an important moral voice in these campaigns.
“People of faith are concerned about the effects of toxic chemicals on our families and the environment. At particular risk are the least of these among us: our children and the elderly. Earth Ministry is proud to be working with the Toxic Free Future on chemical safety reform at the state and national levels. Together we protect the health of our neighbors, communities, and future generations,” LeeAnne Beres, Executive Director, Earth Ministry
The Arc of Washington State advocates for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The network of members and chapters support, empower, and connect individuals and families to the existing service systems. Arc works to improve services, influence public policy, increase public awareness, and inspire inclusive communities.
“The Arc of Washington State enjoys an empowering partnership with the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition that helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families become knowledgeable about toxic chemicals in everyday items they use, eat or drink and gives them a voice to help eliminate those hazardous substances,” Diana Stadden, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, The Arc of Washington State
Latino Community Fund invests in Latino communities to cultivate leaders, support effective organizations, and improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians. LCF has built effective programs to improve health access, build the skills of nonprofit leaders and youth, and advocate for racial equity.
“Because exposure to toxic pollutants disproportionately effect people of color, Latino Community Fund and Progreso support reforms that eliminate these pollutants which lead to negative health and education of Latino children and families,” Peter Bloch Garcia, Executive Director, Latino Community Fund.
Progreso: Latino Progress works for fair representation for Latinos in Washington State. Progreso has focused on advocacy, electoral organizing, and coalition building for numerous issues that affect Latinos and people of color, including education, voting rights, immigration, and environmental justice.
TFF plays a lead role in Safer States, a network of diverse environmental health coalitions and organizations in states across the country that share a bold and urgent vision: families, communities, and the environment should be protected from the devastating impacts of our society’s heavy use of chemicals. TFF is a founding member of Safer States and provides policy and science support to help win state campaigns for stronger laws on toxic chemicals. Read more about our work with Safer States here.
TFF is on the Steering Committee of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, which represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. SCHF fights for strong federal chemical laws that protect health and the environment, works with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace and educates the public about ways to protect one’s family from toxic chemicals.
TFF is part of the national Mind the Store Campaign, which aims to convince retailers to stop selling products containing chemicals known to be harmful to our health and the environment.
While we need stronger laws to make sure harmful chemicals aren’t allowed on the market, it’s also up to retailers and product manufacturers to do their part. It’s not too much to expect retailers to ensure the safety of the products they sell and give consumers peace of mind. Learn more about our work with the Mind the Store Campaign here.
Washington State Fire Service Organizations
TFF works with both the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and the Washington Fire Chiefs to eliminate harmful toxic flame retardants from consumer products and to advance toxic-free fire safety solutions. Fire fighters contract certain cancers and other diseases in higher numbers than the general population. When toxic chemicals found in furniture, building materials, and other household products burn, firefighters absorb the chemicals and byproducts of combustion through their skin and respiratory systems at numerous stages of a fire. TFF is working to protect the health of firefighters by eliminating toxic flame retardants and other chemicals that can contribute to their higher rates of cancer.