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PFAS: Pretty Freaking Awful Stuff

Science

What is PFAS?

PFAS, are synthetic man-made chemicals that have been used since the 1950's. They are otherwise known as "forever chemicals" because they do not breakdown, so stay in the environment and can build up in the bodies of humans and animals and even in plants (1). The most well-known PFAS is probably Teflon. Yep, the OG nonstick coating, otherwise known as PTFE. Most likely you've heard of how when Teflon starts to peel off or chip from our pans it can be bad, but this is just one of thousands of PFAS chemicals.

Where is PFAS found? And why?

PFAS chemicals are used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing and outdoor gear, stain resistant fabrics and furnishings, some cosmetics, firefighting foams, food packaging, building materials, and has many other industrial uses. While some things like waterproof camping gear might seem a more obvious application of their stain and water repellent properties, other things like food packaging might be a little less obvious, but not when you realize why. It would be super annoying if your cheesy pizza seeps oil through the paper take-out box. So, the manufacturers coat or make products with PFAS to make them more durable and convenient. So, any time you think about a raincoat, or a cardboard-looking take-out container that seems impervious to oil, or even a stain-resistant fabric that somehow won't stain even if you smear ketchup on it, think of your old, wonky, chipping nonstick pan.

Because PFAS is used in so many different products, there are lots of ways for the chemicals to spread throughout our environment. The three main ways are through manufacturing releases, runoff from fighting fires (more on this later), and as it escapes or chips off of PFAS-containing products. This means these chemicals are often found in our waterways, soil, air, and drinking water as well.

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If you're into documentaries and want to learn more about how Dupont has covered up the harmful health effects of Teflon, may we suggest The Devil We Know? It's on Netflix and watching it will definitely give you the extra motivation you need to never use non-stick again!
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The same toxic non-stick coatings we've been talking about are also found on a lot of baking pans. Check out our article for baking pan alternatives like ceramic, stainless steel, cast iron, glass, and silicone. If you're not looking for new bakeware, we also have tips for some cheaper healthy hacks.
We recommend skipping the #nonstick pans and instead using ones that are made of #castiron, #carbonsteel, or #stainlesssteel. All of those can achieve a similarly non-stick surface without any of the chemicals used to make other pans non-stick.
Food

Say No to Non-Stick Without Saying No to Eggs!

Why the extra effort to cook without non-stick is worth it

Ugh, and there it goes, your non-stick pan just can't survive another round of frying up your favorite eggs for brunch. You've avoided this for as long as you can, but you just can't put it off any longer. Yup, you have to go shopping for pots and pans. If the thought of choosing between the seemingly hundreds of different brands promising different things scares you, we get it! I mean, who wants to try and figure out the difference between non-toxic and toxic cooking pans between running errands and going grocery shopping? We're here to help you cut down on your shopping time and anxiety!

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What about what you will be baking all of those treats in? While your nonstick pans might seem like a no-brainer, give us a chance to talk you into some other options. Nonstick pans are often coated in PFAS chemicals, which, while magical at times, can also be pretty bad for your health (and the 🌍.) Instead try baking pans made of silicone, stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron. they are often prettier and always healthier.

That means more cooking. With all that cooking, you are going to want to make sure you have some great cookware - meaning pans. While nonstick pans may sound like a good thing, the chemicals used to make that magical nonstick coating aren't very good for you or the world. Instead, pick up some of these great alternatives to nonstick pans. We love them all!

Food

Klean Up Kraft Petition

Add your name to get chemicals out of our mac and cheese

Not the beloved mac 'n' cheese! Sadly, it's true. Researchers have found phthalates, a chemical often added to plastic to make it flexible, in your favorite comfort food. Yuck!

While our mac 'n' cheese isn't the only way phthalates are getting into our bodies, it is still something we want to avoid. As phthalates get into our systems, they can cause problems like infertility, slow developmental growth, diabetes, and even asthma. So, we really do want to avoid them as much as we can so that we can keep our risk of getting any of these health problems as low as possible.

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