California Bans Use Of Forever Chemicals By Apparel And Cosmetic Brands

California Bans Use Of Forever Chemicals By Apparel And Cosmetic Brands

California Bans Use Of Forever Chemicals By Apparel And Cosmetic Brands
California Bans Use Of Forever Chemicals By Apparel And Cosmetic Brands
Luhar Singh

Luhar Singh

Luhar Singh

Luhar Singh

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed two bills into law that ban use of toxic forever chemicals for making apparel and cosmetic products starting in 2025.

The first bill, AB2771, bans the manufacture, sale, and delivery of cosmetic products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), known to cause cancer and thyroid disease.

“Toxic PFAS have no place in our consumer products,” said state Assembly member Laura Friedman (D), who authored the bill.

“Californians won’t have to worry that they’re putting their health, or the health of their loved ones, at risk by doing something as routine as applying lotion or wearing makeup,” she added.

Meanwhile, the second bill, AB 1817, largely prohibits using PFAs in the textile industry, with a few exceptions. It will also require manufacturers to provide a certificate of compliance, The Hill reported.

The passing of the two bills marks the first significant step taken by a state to end the use of forever chemicals in the apparel and cosmetics industries, setting up a framework for other states around the country to end pollution caused by the use of PFAs. These two bills build on two different laws that prohibit the use of PFAs in food packaging and children’s products starting next year.

The news comes just days after a new study revealed that millions of Americana and Canadian students are being exposed to forever chemicals used in manufacturing school uniforms.

“The functionality that PFAS provides—a more stain-resistant coat or more breathable yet water-resistant gym shorts—is not necessary and certainly not worth the health risks,” said Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Director Sujatha Bergen. “We lived just fine without these chemicals before, and brands could phase them out quickly if they chose to.”

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