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New website provides information on the benefits and safety of fluorinated chemistries

The FluoroCouncil launched a new website this week that showcases information on the benefits and safety of fluorinated chemistries.

Fluorinated chemistries, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a diverse group of chemistries characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Fluorinated chemistries provide products with the resilience and durability they require and such products can be used safely. These products include:

  • Medical garments, curtains and electronic equipment, such as pacemakers
  • Non-stick cookware
  • Electronic devices, such as cell phones
  • Electrical wire and cabling
  • Durable first responder gear
  • Greaseproof food packaging
  • Stain resistant carpets
  • Paints and coatings
  • Certain firefighting foams

The list goes on and on. There has been a transition over the years from some of the older, fluorinated chemistries to today’s fluorinated chemistries that have significantly improved health and safety profiles. The website provides an overview of the different types of fluorinated chemicals and the work that the FluoroCouncil and its members have undertaken to help improve their products.

The website also includes facts that address many of the common misconceptions about these chemistries.

We hope you will take the time to explore the new website and learn more about how fluorinated chemistry plays a role in your everyday life!

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