@healthymaterialslab takeover post (2/3) Did you know that a lot of waterproof outdoor products contain highly fluorinated chemicals? Although convenient, highly fluorinated chemicals are associated with serious health problems and they can remain in the environment forever. They can even be found in products like nonstick cookware and cosmetics. Humans are exposed to highly fluorinated chemicals through contaminated food, drinking water, and dust. SO what can we do? Choose textiles and carpeting without water and stain-repellency. Avoid food in contact with greaseproof packaging, such as microwave popcorn and some fast food. Avoid personal care products with “perfluor-“, “polyfluor-“, and “PTFE” on the label. Purchase cast iron, glass, or ceramic cookware rather than Teflon. Only purchase waterproof gear when you really need it. Note that “PFOA free” products often use similar chemicals instead.
And finally, support companies that are committed to phasing out highly fluorinated chemicals.