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 At a national level, the out-of-date 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does little to protect us.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

Gov. Inslee Issues Draft Fish Consumption Rule on First Day of Session

Governor Inslee kicked off the Legislative Session with a step towards improved water quality: a fish consumption rule. This rule precedes and complements the Toxic Reduction Act that he is expected to introduce. Randi Abrams-Caras, one of Earth Ministry’s partners at the Washington State Toxics Coalition, discusses the bill and…
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Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families: Advocating for Strong National Toxics Legislation

Earth Ministry/WAIPL has a long history of standing up for the health of children and families. One way we do this is by working to pass strong legislation to regulate toxic chemicals at the state and national levels. Two bills are currently in play in…
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Having a Heart for Children’s Health

Earth Ministry spent Valentine’s Day in Olympia asking our state senators to have a heart for children’s health by supporting the Toxic Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294).
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Putting Faith into Action at the State Capitol

Throughout the session, Earth Ministry/WAIPL members participated in multiple Capitol Drop-in Days, in which we spoke with legislators and their aides about our environmental priorities from a faith perspective.
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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