"‘Forever Chemicals’ Coat The Outer Layers Of Biodegradable Straws"

"More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products."

"John Bowden, an assistant professor at University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, wasn't a fan of paper straws when they first gained popularity.

"They broke down in drinks really quickly," Bowden told EHN. "They fell apart in your mouth."

But then the biodegradable market—plant- and paper-based straws—expanded, giving people more structurally sound plastic straw replacement options. People could dip them in a drink without having to pull out a soggy clump of paper.

Bowden was skeptical. Oftentimes, companies will coat permeable products in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are resistant to liquids."

Quinn McVeigh reports for Environmental Health News April 16, 2021.

Source: EHN, 04/22/2021