What are they, what do they do to you and how to avoid them?
PFAS stands for per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances and are a group of man made chemicals invented back in the 1930’s. They’re resistant to oil, water and heat and that’s why you’ll find them in stain and waterproofing fabrics/textiles, carpet, paint, food packaging and cookware to name a few.
Why do we care? Well for starters the release of PFAS into the environment is a concern as they don’t breakdown and they contaminate the water supplies, food chain and marine life. Research also shows that in humans it can cause hormone disruption, affect the immune system, increase cholesterol levels and decrease fertility.
Okay so how do we avoid it as best we can?
- Avoid non-stick cookware – instead use ceramic, cast iron, glass or look for “green pans”
- Try to filter your drinking water, there are many inexpensive options out there.
- Avoid microwave popcorn as much as possible – do it the old fashion way…Also most take away containers have a coating of some sort of pfas so try eating home more often 🙂
- Choose personal care products without PTFE or FLUORO ingredients
- Skip stain-resistant treatments when possible.
We won’t be able to completely avoid PFAS or PTFE’s but we can reduce our exposure by being aware.
For me personally, I make sure I don’t use Teflon pans or non-stick cookware, limit microwave popcorn and filter my water.