Toxic-Free Kids and Families


As people of faith, it is our responsibility to care for the least of these: the poor, the young, and the medically vulnerable. These are the people who are most threatened by toxic chemicals in our homes. Unfortunately, our homes today are filled with untested and unregulated toxic chemicals. At a national level, the out-of-date 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does little to protect us. Of the over 84,000 chemicals are used in the products we buy, only 200 have been required to undergo basic health and safety testing before going to market, and only 5 have ever been restricted under the act. Earth Ministry works with Safer States, a network of diverse environmental health coalitions and organizations in states around the country working for new state and national chemical policies that will keep our communities and environment healthy and help us build a cleaner, greener economy.

toxicbabyEarth Ministry is a leader on the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, a bill currently in the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives. This bill phases out the use of toxic flame retardants in kids’ products when there are safer alternatives available. The faith community is joining with the Washington Toxics Coalition, healthcare workers, firefighters, and many others to support this important legislation. Working together, we can protect our children's health from dangerous flame retardants and help put businesses on the path to using chemicals that won't harm our health, the environment, or their bottom line. Click here to learn about our current work on the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act. 

News and Events

Faith grows greener in the era of Donald Trump

Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye is quoted in this article from “The Economist” discussing the impact of the current administration’s actions, motivating people of faith to increase their involvement, engagement, and activism with regard to the environment. At Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power and Light, we are proud…
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Ask Costco to "Mind the Store"

Costco products are a staple in congregational life. Affordable housewares help furnish houses of worship, bulk-sized cleaning products keep supply closets full, and a wide selection of organic food provides for many a church potluck and parish coffee hour.  Although known as a responsible Northwest company,…
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Governor Inslee To Sign Strongest Ban In Nation On Toxic Flame Retardants In Home Furniture, Kids’ Products

Earth Ministry/WAIPL couldn’t be happier to announce that the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act has been signed into law! We are grateful for the relentless dedication of faith communities across the state who devoted their time and energy to this historical piece of legislation that truly…
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South Whidbey churches collaborate to make a difference

Earth Ministry is grateful for our partners in Whidbey Island’s Greening Congregation Collaborative. The advocacy of this group of dedicated faith leaders was crucial in passing the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act!  March 25, 2016 South Whidbey Record By Evan Thompson  An environmental advocacy group is transcending barriers…
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Information on the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act

People of Faith Support the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act 2016 

Environmental Health is the theme of Earth Ministry's Spring 2015 Earth Letter

Earth Ministry blog post about toxic flame retardants in children's products

Washington Toxics Coalition

Safer States

Further Resources

Caring for All Creation: In the Home

Environmental Health