Dangers of PFC's
Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Be Green on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

 

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·       Studies have linked PFCs to organ damage and hormone disruption, and they accumulate in our bodies and circulate there for years.

·       PFCs never fully break down in nature; in gas form they warm the atmosphere up to 6,500 times more effectively than carbon dioxide (read: they cause global warming); and the EPA is looking to phase them out in many products.

 

Wanna Try:

·       Avoid stain-resistant treatments on carpets, clothing, and furniture, or buy products that aren’t stain-guarded and apply a non-PFC-based option such as Nikwax yourself.

·       Check your personal care product labels for “PETE” or “perfluoro” in the ingredients, and avoid them when you can (lotions, nail polish, powders, and shaving cream often contain them).

·       Lower your greasy food intake – foods like French fires and microwave popcorn sometimes wrapped in PFC-treated packaging.

·       Kick your Teflon cookware habit in favor of other greener nonstick or cast iron options.

·       Check out lists of products and manufacturers that use PFCs.

EWG.org

 

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