These chemicals persist in the environment, are linked with significant health conditions and are found in wrappers from your favorite restaurants and stores. Biodegradable may not be better. Here's how to reduce your exposure.
Testing by Consumer Reports found PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," widespread in food containers and wrappers. PFAS chemicals banned for production in the U.S. were most frequently detected
Testing for specific PFAS compounds is difficult. The researchers found the 30 compounds they could identify accounted for less than 1% of all organic fluorine in the items tested, indicating the extent of the contamination
Biodegradable products may also contain PFAS, which may create a greater problem as the containers are composted and mixed in the soil, and end up back on your plate inside the food you're eating
PFASs are found in cosmetics and the water supply, which increases your exposure to chemicals known to be associated with liver toxicity, obesity, reduced birth weight and tumors in multiple organ systems
One study showed only 8% of product ingredient labels indicated PFAS chemicals were used. Consider using strategies to lower your exposure such as checking your personal care products on the EWG Skin Deep database, opting for stovetop non-GMO popcorn and drinking granulated activated carbon filtered water