PFAS have been used for decades in consumer products and are difficult to avoid completely, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce exposure.
- Don't use non-stick cookware.
- Cook with cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic, stoneware, and glass.
- Don't scrape or scrub non-stick cookware, overheat, or put in a dishwasher.
- PFAS free cookware: what types of cookware to look for and what to avoid
- Cut back on fast food and carryout – PFAS is used in the cardboard containers and paper wrappers.
- Don't reheat food in grease-resistant packaging.
- Make popcorn on the stove or with an air popper instead of microwave popcorn in PFAS treated bags.
Personal care products
- Choose products without "PTFE" or "fluoro" ingredients.
- PFAS has been found in products ranging from eyeliner to dental floss.
- Search the Skin Deep database from the Environmental Working Group to find information on products you use.
Stain-resistant and waterproof fabrics
Avoid buying items that are labeled "stain-resistant", "water-resistant", or "water proof".
- Clothing and shoes
- Carpet and rugs are a major source of exposure for infants and toddlers.
- Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website to learn about PFAS and drinking water.
- People and pets should avoid contact with foam on lakes and streams. Wash skin that has come into contact with PFAS-containing foam with soap and water.
- Contact your legislator about the importance of regulating PFAS.
- The bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force was formed in 2019. Minnesota members of the task force are Congressman Dean Phillips and Congresswoman Betty McCollum.