PFAS are a class of human-made chemicals that are incredibly persistent in the environment and also highly toxic. PFAS have been linked to cancers, reproductive harms, and other health problems.
Unfortunately, they are still used in many household items like some carpets, cookware, outdoor apparel, cosmetics, and baby gear! And because they don’t break down in the environment, they are now found in waterways, our bodies, and even breast milk. With a lack of action at the federal level, it is state legislatures across the country that are pushing manufacturers to phase out PFAS.
Many states have adopted PFAS restrictions for specific products, and last year, Minnesota joined Maine in passing a comprehensive ban on PFAS. In 2022, Rhode Island passed laws banning PFAS in food packaging and setting limits for PFAS in drinking water. But until Rhode Island passes a more comprehensive ban on toxic PFAS, these chemicals will continue to contaminate our waterways and our bodies.