All about PFAS
Are you familiar with PFAS? PFAS are toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to our health. But why are they harmful? Where are they found? And can we avoid PFAS? We explain it here.
GreenPan pans are always PFAS-free
What are PFAS?
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.
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’.
Impact on people and the envoirnment
Are PFAS harmful?
During the production process, PFAS can end up in the air, water, soil and thus in our food chain. Just think of the fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and even the tap water! Toxic fumes can also be released when a pan with a traditional non-stick coating overheats, which we then inhale. As a result, we ingest a measure of PFAS every day without realising it.
The consequences are serious: almost everyone in the world has PFAS present in their blood today. And if the concentration of certain types of PFAS in your body is too high, according to studies you are more likely to have serious health problems. These include an impaired immune system, hormone imbalance, increased cholesterol, increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and lower birth weight in new born babies.
Our Solution for you
The PFAS-free alternative
Are you cooking with pans containing harmful chemicals? It can be different! Back in 2007, GreenPan developed the first pans with a PFAS-free ceramic non-stick coating called Thermolon™. It is made of natural materials, such as diamond and a derivative of sand.
It is important for us to be able to guarantee that our products are of excellent quality and completely PFAS-free. That is why we produce our Thermolon™ non-stick coating ourselves. That is how we always know exactly what is in our pans!
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