Washington state’s wide-sweeping new Safer Products for Washington Act provides an unprecedented opportunity to remove millions of pounds of chemicals from thousands of consumer products. This will not only protect people and communities that make and use the products, it will protect vulnerable wildlife and sensitive ecosystems downstream of consumer product use.
Toxic-Free Future (TFF) will assertively implement Safer Products for Washington, seeking input from collaborating partners in community-based organizations, and advocating that priority products for communities are addressed. We will also provide state agencies with strong science and analysis so product groups that are high volume and high exposure are targeted. TFF will also activate and engage our grassroots, coalition partners, decision makers, scientists, health-effected individuals, and media outlets.
The first classes of chemicals to be addressed under Safer Products for Washington are PFAS chemicals, hormone disrupting phthalates, toxic flame retardants, industrial phenolics, and PCBs. What’s so exciting about Safer Products for Washington is that these chemicals will be addressed as entire classes, not just chemical-by-chemical. We can now prevent chemical whack-a-mole in which the chemical industry simply substitutes equally bad or worse chemicals for ones that are restricted.