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 At a national level, the out-of-date 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does little to protect us.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.
Earth 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
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… Read More »
The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act passed the WA State House of Representatives, getting us one step closer to improving furniture standards for the well being of all God’s children! The Washington Toxics Coalition released the following statement. February 15, 2016 Seattle, WA – The following is… Read More »
The Washington Toxics Coalition explains how the Department of Ecology cites health concerns and availability of safer alternatives in a new report on flame retardants – further proof that these toxic chemicals don’t belong in our homes! January 29, 2015 Washington Toxics Coalition (Seattle, WA) A… Read More »
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Great news to anyone who likes to sit on a cushion: retailers are making the wise choice to eliminate toxic flame retardants in home furniture. In the meantime, read on to learn how labels identify which products are safe for your home. January 23, 2015 The Chicago… Read More »
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
Caring for All Creation: In the Home