Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
From Tim Schauenberg, DW via YouTube »
What does a rain jacket or a pan have to do with our health and environment? A lot. They can contain “forever chemicals” or PFAS, which are seriously harmful and never degrade.
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- PFAS Chemicals In You and Your Products. What You Should Know » Sara Goddard
- Robert Billot’s next lawsuit on behalf of everyone in the U.S. with PFAS in their blood » The Intercept
- Roland Weber’s summary of PFAS in drinking water » BioMed Central
- Companies and products that (partly) banned PFAS » PFAS Free
Also » Wikipedia
- Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on protecting against ‘forever chemicals’: ‘It shouldn’t just be on us as individuals’ » The Guardian
The group of chemicals known as PFAS, with strong carbon-flourine bonds, do not degrade in the environment, and have been linked to health issues such as high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and decreased response to vaccines, “which is clearly terrible”, the Last Week Tonight host said, “but also really shouldn’t be that surprising to you seeing as the original name for this show was ‘That Thing You Like Is Bad with Saddy Longlegs’.”
These “forever chemicals” are estimated to have lifetimes in the thousands of years, and exposure has been linked to fertility problems, changes in metabolism, and an increased risk cancer, yet much remains unknown about their long-term consequences.
Oliver dug into the long history of PFAS’s corporate cover-up: the chemical PFOA, also known as C8, was first sold in 1951 by a company called 3M to chemical company DuPont, which used it to make Teflon, used for non-stick pans. Decades ago, as DuPont marketed Teflon to families, 3M already knew that some PFAS accumulated in humans and animals, that they did not degrade in the environment, and that they could increase the size of the liver in rats, rabbits and dogs.