Including PFOA, PFOS PFHxS, and PFHxA

PFCs infographic

PFCs are a class of chemicals used to repel oil and water from clothing, carpeting, furniture, food packaging, and non-stick surfaces on cookware. These likely human carcinogens are known to contaminate our products, food, and water.

Potential health effects include:

Commonly used to produce:

Consumer tips:

Avoid stain-resistance treatments. Choose furniture and carpets that aren’t marketed as “stain-resistant,” and don’t apply finishing treatments such as Stainmaster®.

Choose clothing that doesn’t carry Teflon™ or Scotchgard™ tags. This includes fabric labeled stain- or water-repellent. When possible, opt for untreated cotton and wool. Check out this guide to greener rain gear.

Replace your non-stick cookware with stainless steel. If you choose to continue using non-stick cookware, be very careful not to let it heat to above 450ºF. Discard products if non-stick coatings show signs of deterioration.

Stay away from greasy or oily packaged and fast foods, as the packages often contain grease-repellent coatings. Examples include microwave popcorn bags, french fry boxes, and pizza boxes.

PFCs can be found in dental floss and a variety of cosmetics, including nail polish, facial moisturizers, and eye make-up. Steer clear of personal care products made with Teflon™ or containing ingredients that include the words “fluoro” or “perfluoro.”

Tell retailers to stop selling products made with PFCs and other chemicals.

* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of PFOAs in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing PFOAs.