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For those who care about the purest and best-tasting drinking water. For those who want to take matters into their own hands, and those who are tired of exposing their body to chemicals – it is time to take a stand against PFAS contamination and actively seek a way to avoid these “forever chemicals” infiltrating both the body and the environment.

What is PFAS?

PFAS is a group of more than 4,700 compounds that have been developed and used since the 1940s. These PFAS chemicals are used in a vast array of products – for instance, cooking equipment, raincoats, and fire extinguishing foam to name just a few. However, these chemicals are hard to break down both in your body and in the environment, rather than disappearing they accumulate. Recent research has also suggested long-lasting exposure could lead to multiple health concerns.

What are the health effects of PFAS?

In the Nordic countries, it is believed that between 750 and 1200 deaths each year are related to PFAS. PFAS effects on humans are severe and can cause cancer, liver damage, and an increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease. Symptoms of PFAS exposure can include an increased risk of high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, and a decreased immune system making you even more exposed to other diseases.

PFAS exposure - where is it?

PFAS is everywhere, so minimizing your exposure needs careful planning. In general, try to avoid the following:

  • Do not drink contaminated municipal water or private well water
  • Do not eat fish caught from water contaminated by PFAS and PFOS in particular
  • Do not swallow contaminated dust or dirt
  • Do not eat food that has been grown or raised near places that have used or made PFAS
  • Do not eat food wrapped or packaged in material that contains PFAS
  • Do not use consumer products such as stain-resistant carpeting and water-repellent clothing

Which products contain PFAS?

PFAS chemicals are used widely across modern industry. But which products should you keep a close eye on to avoid getting further PFAS into your system? 

  • Water-resistant clothing when worn directly next to your skin
  • Grease-resistant paper
  • Fast food containers and wrappers
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Pizza boxes
  • Candy wrappers
  • Stain-resistant coating on carpets, furniture, and other fabrics
  • Cleaning products
  • Personal care products such as shampoo and dental floss
  • Cosmetic products such as nail polish and eye make-up
  • Paints, varnishes, and sealants
  • And many more…

What levels of PFAS will I get in my body?

Only a tiny amount of PFAS will be absorbed when your skin is in contact with PFAS-contaminated water. In general, for most PFAS types, when showering, bathing, or washing your dishes in water containing PFAS, the level of PFAS in your body should not increase. It is an entirely different story if you are drinking PFAS-contaminated water instead.

How to avoid PFAS?

PFAS chemicals are believed to be present in 98-99 percent of all human bodies and getting rid of these chemicals is impossible once you have them inside you. You can, however, take precautions by using a water filter that removes PFAS from your drinking water. This is an effective way to reduce your PFAS exposure in everyday life. In early 2023 Aquaporin will present a solution to secure you and your family from PFAS in your drinking water. The future is now. The future will be Pure.

Act now for the future generation

PFAS chemicals are not only dangerous for adults and animals but can also be passed by mothers to children via breast feeding. You can reduce PFAS exposure to your children by being aware of where PFAS are found in both products and in the environment. You shall as such take matters into your own hands and secure your children from being exposed to PFAS from the very early stages of life.

Where can I get information on PFAS?

Contact your local government or environmental protection agency to get the latest updates on PFAS. If you have been exposed to PFAS or have any contamination concerns, you should contact your doctor.

How to remove PFAS from water?

Aquaporin has developed a water purifier solution to remove PFAS from your water. In early 2023 we will present A2O Pure, an under-the-sink PFAS filter system that is using our proprietary unique Aquaporin Inside® membrane biotechnology that can remove PFAS.

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Aquaporin x BBC Storyworks: Filtering Ideas

Many industries are using the forever chemicals PFAS, and it creates challenges across the globe.

In this movie, we explain how our technology can help filtrate PFAS away from drinking water with the use of forward osmosis.
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