Our Best Hope Lies with States, Retailers, and Product Manufacturers
While the federal government should take action on these chemicals, the reality is that federal action is slow and the likelihood of meaningful action is low. Our best hope for efficient and protective action lies with states, communities, retailers, and product manufacturers.
States and communities are already taking preventive measures to stop future contamination. In 2018 Washington state banned PFAS in firefighting foams and food packaging, San Francisco banned PFAS in food packaging, and New York placed restrictions on state agencies buying food packaging containing PFAS. More states must follow suit.
Banning the use of these chemicals is a good first step to stopping the flow of these chemicals into our communities and waterways and moving companies to use safer alternatives. A critical mass of state action on these chemicals can move markets, result in companies developing safer products, and eventually end the use of these chemicals.
Check out Safer States for information on what’s happening in your state and how to get involved.
Companies using and selling products made with PFAS have a responsibility too. Switching to safer alternatives not only protects consumers and the environment, but also ends the need for PFAS chemicals in the first place and spurs the development of non-PFAS alternatives.
Check out the Mind the Store campaign for how you can help convince companies to stop using harmful toxic chemicals in their products.
Public officials have a key role to play in ending this nightmare too. Check out this guide to candidates running for office and consider sharing it with candidates in your area to educate them about PFAS and ask them for their plans.