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All about PFAS

PFAS are chemicals used to make products resistant to water, oil and dirt. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are highly harmful to people and the environment. Should we be more concerned about this? And can we avoid using PFAS?

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The PFAS-free alternative

GreenPan

Natural materials

Are you cooking with pans that contain harmful chemical materials? There is a better way! That’s why 15 years ago GreenPan developed the first pans with a PFAS-free Thermolon ceramic non-stick coating. It is based on natural materials such as diamonds and a sand derivative. 

PFAS-free guaranteed

For us, it is important that we can guarantee that our products are not only excellent quality, but also 100% PFAS-free. That’s why we produce our own Thermolon non-stick coating, so we always know exactly what our pans are made of! 

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GreenPan always PFAS-free

Forever Chemicals

What are PFAS?

Synthetic chemicals 

PFAS (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are human-made chemicals used to make everyday items resistant to water, oil and dirt. These items include things like raincoats, food packaging, cosmetics, fire-fighting foam and certain types of non-stick pans.

Indestructible

PFAS are extremely durable and decompose very slowly. Some take as long as 1,000 years to break down completely. That means that all PFAS that have ever been produced are still in existence on the planet. This is why they have earned the nickname ‘forever chemicals’.

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Impact on people and the envoirnment

Are PFAS harmful?

PFAS in the body

During the production process, PFAS can wind up in the environment and in our food chain. As a result, we ingest PFAS every day without even knowing it. The impacts are significant: almost everyone in the world today has PFAS in their blood. PFAS have even been found in the blood of new-born babies, because they were passed on from the mother during pregnancy.

 

Health problems

Studies suggest that if PFAS reach a high enough concentration in the body, they increase the likelihood of health problems. This includes impairment of the immune system, hormonal imbalances, increased cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and higher risk of cancer.

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Sources

‘How Teflon is made -Background, History, Raw Materials, The Manufacturing process of Teflon’ – 2006 ; ‘An Industrial Approach to Evaluation of Pyrolysis and Combustion Hazards‘ – Environmental Health Perspectives, 1975 Jun ; ‘Polymer fume fever and other fluorocarbon pyrolysis-related syndromes’ – Entrez PubMed, 1993 Jul ; ‘Toxicological Profile for Perfluoroalkyls.’ – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 2018 Jun ; Intertek Labtest ‘Testing of a Frying Pan for Emission of Toxic Gases’ - 2007 July ; ‘Basic Information on PFAS’ – United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2018 Jun; ‘KEMI Report Occurrence and use of highly fluorinated substances and alternatives’ – Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2015 ; ‘Fact Sheet PFOA & PFOS Drinking Water Health Advisories – United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2016 Nov ; ‘Supplying of scientific information concerning the safety and toxicology of : GreenPan™ cooking utensils and Thermolon™ anti-stick technology” – Prof. Dr. J. Tytgat, 2008 Feb ; ‘Polytetrafluoroethylene Toxicosis in Recently Hatched Chickens (Gallus domesticus)’ – Comp Med. 2012 Feb ; WWF Chain of Contamination: The Food Link – 2006; Synthesis paper on per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCS)’ – OECD, 2013; ‘Working towards a global emission inventory of PFASS: focus on PFCAS – status quo and the way forward’ – OECD, 2015;

https://www.pfasfree.org.uk/; https://waarzitwatin.nl/; https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/human/chemicals/emerging-chemical-risks-in-europe; https://www.regeringen.se/49e14e/contentassets/bc1b86d633ed4615bf367ae7d2192bcc/eu-strategy-for-pfass_december-19.pdf; https://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/portal-perfluorinated-chemicals/aboutpfass/; http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1509934/  

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