While more investors are now actively considering how the transition to a low-carbon economy might impact the future performance of various companies, the potential risks associated with companies producing hazardous chemicals are still underestimated.
According to a large-scale human biomonitoring study, HBM4EU, high levels of PFAS have been found in the blood of teenagers in all nine of the examined European countries.
Earlier this year, we wrote an article about the Teflon chemical PTFE. We then received an open letter from the German plastic industry association PRO-Kunststoff, questioning some of the claims we made in the article. Here’s the letter, along with ChemSec’s answers to it.
We know by now that PFAS is bad for a myriad of reasons. But it’s also bad because of something we don’t know much about at all, namely what happens when products containing PFAS are thrown in the garbage bin.
A combination of factors has created nothing but the perfect storm, spreading this chemical family in a totally uncontrolled way all over the globe, into all of us.
As regulators and growing public awareness have put the screws on some of the more well-known PFAS chemicals, other variants are marketed as safe and are rarely scrutinised. One such chemical is PTFE – an unregulated chemical in the PFAS family – which is used in a plethora of consumer products, giving materials that desired non-stick function. The question is – is PTFE really as safe as manufacturers claim?
Five EU Member States have started gathering evidence for a broad PFAS ban. But they need help from companies, and ChemSec can show you how to provide it.
As the movement grows, we thought it would be interesting to ask the companies about the biggest challenges connected to moving away from PFAS.