In-depth: What you need to know about the EU’s PFAS crack-down

The European Commission last year proposed banning ‘non-essential’ uses of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, a class of substances found everywhere from takeaway food packaging to electronics. Claudia Delpero examines how future restrictions may work.

by Claudia Delpero
Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo visited the European Parliament in 2019 to call for EU action against 'forever chemicals' PFAS. The European Commission has since pledged to phase out 'non-essential' uses. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images
Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo visited the European Parliament in 2019 to call for EU action against 'forever chemicals' PFAS. The European Commission has since pledged to phase out 'non-essential' uses. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

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