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 At a national level, the out-of-date 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does little to protect us.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.