PFAS

99 per cent of humans have PFAS chemicals in their blood.

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There are over 17,000 sites in Europe that are considered hotspots for PFAS pollution. Because of this, some people are not even able to eat the vegetables they grow in their own gardens. In addition, millions of Europeans are drinking water with higher PFAS levels than what is considered healthy, and some people have such elevated PFAS levels in their drinking water that they surpass the European Food Agency’s recommended limit for overall PFAS intake (from food, water, breathing, and skin contact) just by meeting their daily water needs.

The industrial use of PFAS – sometimes called “forever chemicals”, since they don’t degrade in nature – has been so prevalent in the last decades that 99 percent of all humans, including fetuses, have measurable levels of PFAS in their bloodstreams. What is worrying is that human epidemiological studies have found associations between PFAS exposure and a number of health disorders, including various cancers, lowered birth weights and negative effects on the immune system.

References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072821/

https://www.su.se/english/news/pfas-contamination-in-europe-far-more-widespread-than-previously-reported-1.648934

https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/pfas-food-efsa-assesses-risks-and-sets-tolerable-intake

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Let’s not put the chemical crisis off to the next generation.

We call on policy makers in the EU to take action against toxic chemicals in our nature, air, water and bodies. We ask them to:

  • Fully implement the European Union’s promises on its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ensure a toxic-free Europe by 2030
  • A special focus must be to fix the outdated chemicals control law, REACH, to ensure the fast track banning of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products
  • Fully implement the European Union’s action plan to phase out PFAS, including support and facilitate the universal ban of PFAS as well as banning PFAS in sectoral legislations such as toys, cosmetics, packaging and food contact materials.
  • Aid communities affected by forever chemical pollution and ensure thorough monitoring, remediation, ground sanitation, health and other plans in response to their needs. Make polluting PFAS manufacturers and related companies accountable for these.

This petition is done together with several European environmental organisations.