PFAS is a forever chemical

You have probably heard about forever chemicals, but what does it mean? PFAS is hard for both your body and the environment to break down. Due to the inability to break down, chemicals are often found in animals, humans, and the environment – everywhere, from water, air, fish, and soil. 

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS can be found in both public and private drinking water, soil and water near waste sites, fire extinguishing foam, food, food packaging, household products and dust, personal care products, fertilizers and places that are manufacturing or producing chemicals to name a few. 

Suppose you zoom in on a country like Denmark, which is ranked as the 134th largest in the world. In that case, it is suspected that there are potentially 15,000 places contaminated with PFAS compounds, according to national TV broadcaster Danish TV2. Furthermore, in a recent study conducted by The University of Rhode Island, Harvard University, and the Silent Spring Institute's STEEP-programme (Sources, Transport, Exposure & Effects of PFAS), it is estimated that more than 47,000 tons of PFAS have been released from consumer products into the environment over the past six decades in the United States alone. 

Since 1999 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have measured at least 12 PFAS in blood serum, the clear portion of blood, in the United States alone.

Why do we use PFAS?

PFAS are added to everyday products to repel oil and fat. Still, it has been proven repeatedly that when humans ingest them either through food or water, we have a tough time breaking them down, causing terrible health effects.

According to the environmental chemist at Harvard University, Elsie M. Sunderland, who studied PFAS for roughly a decade, 98 to 99 percent of humans have PFAS in their bodies, she explains in an interview with Vox.

PFAS can migrate into soil, water, and even air. Being hard to break down PFAS are found in the environment, and the persistence means that it can be found in the blood of both animals and humans – and the PFAS keeps on building up in the body due to repeated exposure over time. 

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Published on November 22 in