Make It Toxic-Free

Limiting our exposure to PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

No one should have to deal with toxic chemicals — and we should be able to trust that the products we buy won't put us at risk for health problems.

Toxic threats

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CALPIRG State Director Jenn Engstrom (left) has helped push for policies to protect Californians from toxic PFAS chemicals.

No one should be exposed to known toxic chemicals in the food we eat, the water we drink, or the products we routinely use.

Unfortunately, many of the consumer products we use every day contain toxic PFAS — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of dangerous chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems, from immune system suppression to vaccine interference and elevated cancer risk. PFAS have been nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down, and instead accumulate in your body and the environment. These chemicals have already contaminated the drinking water of more than 16 million Californians.

That’s why CALPIRG has joined public health and environmental groups in calling on the state to crack down on this growing public health problem. This year, our advocacy helped pass the PFAS-Free Beauty Act, prohibiting manufacturers from adding PFAS to cosmetics and personal care products sold in California.

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