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Washington State Eyes Plant-Based Food Wrappers to Replace PFAS

Feb. 11, 2020, 8:36 PM

Washington state is considering bio-based substances like soybean oil, clay, and biodegradable polylactide in its search for alternatives to fluorinated chemicals in food wrappers and containers.

The state also announced Tuesday that it wants to hear from the food service industry, including restaurants, hospitals and school cafeterias, about how a switch to PFAS-free food containers would affect them.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in water supplies across the country and are commonly used as a grease-proof and heat-proof coating for food containers. In an effort to reduce public exposure to the chemicals, Washington’s Department of Ecology is ...