PFAS | Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of extremely persistent human-made chemical substances. Due to their inability to easily break down in the environment, they are often referred to as “forever chemicals”. As a result, levels of PFAS are commonly found in our water and our bloodstreams. Exposure to PFAS may occur through a variety of consumer products and have been associated with several adverse health outcomes.
It is possible to be exposed to PFAS through a variety of everyday PFAS containing consumer products. Some common sources of exposure are:
- Cosmetic and personal care products (makeup, shampoo, soaps, dental floss etc.)
- Non-stick cookware (Teflon)
- Grease resistant food packaging (to-go containers, fast food wrappers, pizza boxes, etc.)
- Waterproof and stain resistant fabrics
- Water supplies—PFAS easily enters and accumulates in our water supplies when we rinse our faces of PFAS containing cosmetics, wash PFAS containing non-stick cookware, or wash PFAS containing fabrics. Because of this, exposure to PFAS through water ingestion is extremely common.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
|There is no proven safe level of PFAS. Laboratory testing has provided evidence for several negative health outcomes associated with PFAS exposure including: ||Some alternatives and suggestions for limiting everyday PFAS exposure include: |