Including PFOA, PFOS PFHxS, and PFHxA
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:
- Apparel like raincoats
- Cookware (Teflon™, nonstick)
- Fast food containers
- Microwave popcorn bags
- Personal care products (shampoo, dental floss)
- Cosmetics (nail polish, eye make-up)
- Paints and varnishes
- Cleaning products
- Stain resistant carpet
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.
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.”
* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of PFCs in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing PFCs.
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