In 1954 the revolutionary “nonstick” Teflon pan seemed like a household miracle. Today we know that the perfluorinated chemicals that keep food from sticking to the pan are toxic and cancer-causing.
It took more than 50 years to understand that this chemical revolution was really a train wreck.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. Instead they stick around and find their way into our air, soil and drinking water. They have been found in eggs, meat, milk, fish, fruits and vegetables. They are still deliberately added to things like personal care products, pesticides, fast food packaging, paints and stain resistant products.
Scientists estimate that there is no corner of the globe free of PFAS pollution and most humans carry these chemicals in their bodies.
Some manufacturers have begun to remove PFAS from their products but progress has been all too slow.
We can’t clean up the mess until we stop manufacturing these toxic chemicals.