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Tips for Avoiding PFAs

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❝Hi, do you have anything helpful on avoiding PFAs?❞

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are “forever chemicals” made specifically to avoid degradation of industrial and chemical products. Which is great for providing stain and water resistance, but not so great for our bodies or the environment.

To go into all the harms they cause would take a main feature (maybe we will, one of these days), but suffice it to say, they’re not good, and range from cancer and insulin resistance to hypertension and reduced immune response.

To answer your question in a nutshell, avoiding them completely would be almost impossible, but we can reduce our exposure a lot by avoiding single-use food/drink products that have been waterproofed, e.g. paper/bamboo straws, utensils, cups, dishes, take-out containers, etc.

Also, anything advertised as “stain-resistant” that you suspect should be quite stainable by nature, is probably good to avoid too.

For more detailed information than we have room for here today, here’s a helpful overview:

Breaking down the Forever Chemicals: What are PFAS?

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