Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are added to common consumer products to make them water- or oil-resistant. They are forever chemicals, meaning, they never disappear from the environment.
According to the Department of Ecology, 43 states have water that has been contaminated by PFAS and almost 100% of Americans have some kind of PFAS in their blood.
Below is the list of food packaging and dates they are banned. These apply to packaging made of paper or other plant fiber AND have PFAS intentionally added.
As of February 2023, the following types of food packaging are banned:
- Food boats
- Pizza boxes
Starting in May 2024, the following types of food packaging are banned:
- Bags and sleeves
- Flat service ware, including plates and trays
- Open-top containers, such as french fry cartons & food containers
- Closed containers, such as clamshells
You can find more information about products containing PFAS here, Food packaging – Washington State Department of Ecology.
Read more about PFAS on the Department of Ecology website, PFAS – Washington State Department of Ecology.