My name is Laurie Valeriano and I’m the executive director of Toxic-Free Future, an organization with a 40-year track record of winning bold solutions that protect your health and the health of our planet from harmful chemicals and pollution.
I am so excited to welcome supporters of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Mind the Store to our organization through our recent integration.
Building on your support, we joined forces to achieve our shared mission: to protect your health and the health of our planet from harmful chemicals and pollution. Our combined strengths, innovative approaches, and successful track records can now propel us forward to achieve even bigger wins.
Toxic-Free Future has made its home state of Washington into a national leader in efforts to protect people from toxic chemicals. For decades, we’ve been convincing state elected officials and agencies to adopt precedent-setting policies to accomplish these goals. And the policies that Washington has adopted have been replicated in other states and even at the federal level.
Toxic-Free Future has been a key partner with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Mind the Store from the beginning. I am excited to now take our partnership to the next level. Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Mind the Store now have joined Toxic-Free Future to drive even bigger transformational change! Big change comes from advancing solutions at all levels of government and directly with companies—powered by our science, advocacy, and YOU!
Our work on PFAS in food packaging is a great example of how we do this. We won a groundbreaking law in Washington state to ban PFAS in food packaging and then we followed up with testing and reports like Packaged in Pollution to compel corporations to end their use. Our work received extensive national coverage from CNN to Consumer Reports, dozens of local TV news stations across the country, and was even mentioned on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. All of this helped galvanize even greater public demand, resulting in 18 companies, representing over 77,000 stores in 100 countries, committing to phase out PFAS in food packaging! Numerous states have taken action and now we are pressing Congress and the FDA to act.
There are even more big things on the horizon for us. In 2022, we’ll debut a new website that reflects our combined organization and our solutions to tackling the toxic chemical crisis. And we will debut new research that will demonstrate even more urgency for action on PFAS and the systemic changes that are critically needed. We will continue our work investigating and advocating for the prevention of toxic pollution from the manufacture, use, and disposal of plastics and everyday products—which are harmful to our health, food, water, climate, and wildlife.
It is my honor for Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Mind the Store to be part of the Toxic-Free Future family. For the last 25 years, I’ve witnessed first-hand the incredible impact we’ve had advancing the solutions that protect your health and the planet. As we expand our work, I know that even bigger victories are now within our reach, and it is my pleasure to be working alongside our amazing team of experts to help get us there.
Thank you so much for powering this work with your campaign actions and donations!
Toxic-Free Future is leading the charge for a healthier tomorrow, and we can’t do it without you!