'The Powers That Be' Are Actually Us
We really love our nonstick pans and our stain-resistant carpeting. Companies like DuPont and their chemical spin-off Chemours know this so they will do all they can to keep pumping out those products; that is, until we stop buying them.
Consumers really do have the power to reduce the numbers of chemicals, regulated and unregulated that end up in our environment. We just need to do a little homework and start using our dollars to support companies that don't pollute.
To get you started:
- Here's a great piece by Mother Jones on the product that carries the brand-name 'Teflon,' including lists of products that it is in.
- Here's a list, provided by Chemours, of the U.S. products that are made using the chemicals that have contaminated our drinking water and our river.
- Here is some information from the Environmental Working Group on:
- The dangers of cooking with Teflon and some other options
- Fast-food wrappers with detectable PFCs with charted restaurants and amounts found
- Fluorinated chemical water contamination across the U.S. - interactive map; consumers across the country can help to make this map obsolete by flexing their consumer muscles!