Everything You Need to Know About Forever Chemicals (PFAS)

Everything You Need to Know About Forever Chemicals (PFAS)

They’re called many things: PFAS, perfluoroalkyl, polyfluoroalkyl, perfluorinated chemicals,  polyfluorinated compounds. Whatever they’re referred to, “forever chemicals” have gained notoriety for good reason. Research has shown that this group of 4,000+ chemical compounds can affect the earth and people alike. Let’s get into them, their effects on the body and how to eliminate them.

What Are PFA Chemicals Used For?

If something is nonstick, stain-resistant or waterproof, chances are it’s made with PFAS. This includes anything with a fluoropolymer coating (like Teflon and GORE-TEX). 

Home-based and commercial products made with PFAS can include:

Where Are PFAS Found?

While they’re great for products, PFAS compounds don’t break down in the environment (hence the “forever” part). This can have a lot of harmful implications, including:

What Are The Effects from PFA Chemical Exposure?

Drinking water with them is the main way PFAS chemicals get into our bodies. While slight traces are okay, studies have determined that long-term exposure can be harmful. The current limits recommended by the EPA are 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for total PFAS and 10 ppt for individual PFAS. 

Even at very low concentrations, health risks include: 

How Do You Get Rid of PFAS?

Reverse osmosis is the best way to deal with PFAS chemicals/compounds. Kinetico’s 5 Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Station has recognition with the State of North Carolina, the Water Quality Association (WQA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a preferred technology for removing PFAS.  

It includes: 

Kinetico Knows PFAS and Water 

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