Take action

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.

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Cookware

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Food packaging

  • 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.
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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.
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Stain-resistant and waterproof fabrics

Avoid buying items that are labeled "stain-resistant", "water-resistant", or "water proof".

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Furniture
  • Carpet and rugs are a major source of exposure for infants and toddlers.
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Water

  • 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.
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Be heard

  • 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.