What are PFAS?
PFAS, poly and perfluoroalkyl substances, are a complex group of man-made, organic chemicals. Several of these fluorinated compounds are being found at concerning levels in the environment. PFAS have several unique characteristics including their ability to repel oil and water on surfaces. This and their other broad range of applications have centered them in many industries producing consumer goods for the past 70 years. With such wide use in a variety of industries and the products they produce, many have been exposed to these compounds.
Sources of PFAS
PFAS can come from a variety of sources, both directly and indirectly. Examples include manufacturing companies that either release the chemical waste into the environment during production, or directly into the products to be used as a surfactant. You may also come into contact with PFCs through AFFF (Aqueous film forming foam) used to fight fires, from leachate at landfills, or stain repellent fabric protectors. PFAS can also be found in food packaging, nonstick cookware, clothing made to be waterproof, and types of carpet.