Several States Set to Ban PFAS in Paper-Based Food Packaging
With the rise of concern with what consumers are forced to being exposed to, it’s important to spread awareness in order to protect ourselves and the world we live in. Starting January 1, 2023, paper-based food packaging using PFAS chemicals will be banned. PFAS, also referred to as “forever chemicals,” derive from plant fibers and are extensively used in paper-based food packaging. This chemical is a colossal global public health issue because chemicals can migrate from the packaging into our food, contaminate soil when the packaging is composted, and pose contamination risks for water systems when the material is landfilled.
Eliminating these toxic chemicals will protect the planet, the laborers producing these products, the consumers, communities near production and disposable sites, and defenseless populations already holding burdens to environmental pollution.
States Banning PFAS in Paper-Based Food Packaging
The following states will be implementing the ban beginning January 1, 2023, with more starts to follow.
- New York
Cookware manufacturers will be obliged to disclose the presence of chemicals that cause concern for the environment and human health in their products set to begin on January 1, 2024.