Per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances are a toxic class of chemicals found in many products, such as clothing, carpets, furniture, firefighting foam, adhesives, and food and beverage containers. PFAS exposure is linked to liver and kidney cancer, fertility troubles, and thyroid damage.
The Virginia General Assembly enacted a new law this year to study the occurrence of PFAS and other chemicals in the Commonwealth's public drinking water. Although this was an important first step, there's still much work to be done to fix our state chemical laws and find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products. That's why we need retailers to create policies to address toxic chemicals such as PFAS in products and packaging.
As consumers, we have incredible power to drive change in the marketplace to build a toxic-free future. Take action today, and demand corporate retailers put our health above the profits of the chemical industry.