Last week, we published an analysis of reports filed by the makers of kids’ products on toxic chemicals in products they make. In those reports, one company stood out, not just because it was among the top five companies reporting the most products, but because it was the most powerful single company that worked to defeat a Washington state bill to ban toxic flame retardants in children's products.
Naps give our little ones much needed time to recharge. As parents and teachers, we want our children to rest without lying in a bed of harmful chemicals. But recently, Washington Toxics Coalition found flame retardants in nap mats sold for use in childcare.
Last Wednesday, the Senate voted on the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294). Unfortunately, it passed a completely inadequate version of the bill that will not protect kids, fire fighters or the environment. But in good news, the House refused to accept the Senate’s weak bill and has asked to negotiate with the Senate.
One of the most frustrating things we see when we are investigating the use of harmful chemicals in everyday consumer products is a disturbing trend we call the Toxic Treadmill.
In good news, the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act passed out of the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday shortly before the deadline! This means the bill will continue through the legislative process and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.
Sometimes our campaigns to protect kids from harmful toxic chemicals feel a lot like the movie Groundhog Day. That’s not to say that the protections we are seeking are old news, because they aren’t. Washington state has put in place groundbreaking laws to change the way toxic chemicals in products are regulated. These policies have not only helped improve our health, but have resulted in changes in the marketplace and provided much needed momentum for federal reform.
Of course, babies shouldn't be exposed to poisonous chemicals, but neither should guys like me. I don’t smoke, work out a lot (I’m part of a medieval combat group), and try to eat healthy. Why should sitting on my family’s furniture be more dangerous than wrestling? Why should consumer products be cancer risks when there are plenty of safer ways to prevent fires?
The toxic treadmill has struck Graco, the manufacturer of car seats and other kids products, who was praised last year for pledging to stop using the toxic flame retardant chlorinated Tris in its products. Now the company has disclosed to Washington state that they are using another harmful chemical flame retardant called TBBPA in their products.
Like most young people during these tough economic times, I have been struggling in the job market and am currently without health insurance. This means I worry about my health more than many people, because an unexpected illness could have huge financial consequences.
Playtime should be carefree, yet gaping holes in laws to protect children from chemicals allow toxics in the toy box. Choose safer toys for kids of all ages with the following tips:
Late last night, the Washington State House of Representatives passed the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act by a vote of 53-44! The bill would ban the use of the harmful flame retardants TCEP and TDCPP in children’s products and home furniture, beginning July 1, 2015, and would get us off the toxic treadmill by ensuring that manufacturers use safer chemicals as replacements.
As a physician and father, the health of my patients, my family and our community is my priority. The health risks from exposure to chemicals like toxic Tris are REAL, and that’s why I support the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act.
Have you ever wondered how an orca and a couch are connected? If you had asked me this bizarre question just a couple of years ago, I too would have scratched my head. I have always taken interest in my health and the health of the environment, but my work as the Citizen Science Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) put my learning about harmful chemicals on the fast track. Understanding the connection between orcas and couches is no easy feat but PTMSC’s newest endeavor, The Toxics Project, aims to teach people just that.
Nap time should be filled with sweet dreams, not with cancer causing flame retardants. Unfortunately, our recent testing has uncovered toxic flame retardants in foam nap mats sold in Washington state. We even found that legislators cannot escape these harmful chemicals!
Nap time should be filled with sweet dreams, not with toxic flame retardants. Unfortunately, our recent testing has uncovered toxic flame retardants in foam nap mats sold in Washington state.
While the chemical industry wants us to keep playing chemical whack-a-mole, a Washington State House Committee moves the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act forward.
Great news! While Washington and at least 14 other states are considering legislation to ban the use of certain flame retardant chemicals such as chlorinated Tris in furniture and baby products, a new draft California fire safety regulation was announced today that would no longer require the use the cancer-causing flame retardant chemical in products.
Yesterday, CNN aired this excellent report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the safety of chemical flame retardants. It chronicles the chemical industry’s nefarious tactics to defeat state legislation that would keep these toxic chemicals out of our homes. It debunks one of the main arguments of the chemical industry: toxic flame retardants in foam products save lives by preventing fires. Evidence shows otherwise.
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 bodycare with these tips.
Are you ready? The campaign to get toxic flame retardants out of our homes has officially begun! This week two Washington State legislators officially introduced the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, legislation to ban chlorinated Tris and other flame retardants that are a concern for kids’ health in foam children’s products and home furniture.