PFAS

PFAS have been found in the most remote places of the world, from Antarctica to the Mariana Trench.

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Even though chemical production occurs in urban areas, the chemicals travel far, especially via different waterways. Finding PFAS chemicals in areas such as the North Pole is normal nowadays. One study from Svalbard in Norway found 26 different types of PFAS compounds in the ice. When the ice melts, these chemicals can travel from glaciers into places like Arctic fjords and tundra. This meltwater carries a mix of pollutants, including PFAS, which messes with the whole food chain. It affects everything from tiny plankton to fish, seals, and big players like polar bears. Yes, that’s right. Us humans are not alone having PFAS in our bodies, even polar bears have even been found to have high levels of PFAS in their blood.

References: https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/2023/02/wildlife-warning-more-330-species-contaminated-forever-chemicals#:~:text=Polar%20bears%20have%20a%20PFAS,world%2C%20some%20endangered%20or%20threatened

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004896972300445X

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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  • A special focus must be to fix the outdated chemicals control law, REACH, to ensure the fast track banning of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products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.