Colorado To Ban Everyday Products Containing Forever Chemicals

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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A new law in Colorado is all set to make headlines. As per reports, Colorado is to ban everyday products containing forever chemicals starting in July. The law targets items like clothes, cookware, and menstrual products. It also includes dental floss and ski wax unless manufacturers can make them safer.

Colorado to ban everyday products containing forever chemicals

New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

The legislation, effective July 1, 2024, will prohibit many products that use per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are linked to cancer, lower fertility, and developmental delays. The ban will start in 2026.

It will reportedly extend to all PFAS-treated clothes, backpacks, and waterproof outdoor apparel by 2028. Companies selling PFAS-coated clothing must also add disclosure labels. The law’s initial draft was introduced as State Senate Bill 81 in 2022.

It proposed a full ban on PFAS by 2032. However, opposition led to a more gradual phase-out. Colorado has already passed measures to phase out PFAS in carpets, furniture, cosmetics, and items used in oil and gas production.

Challenges in Implementing the Law

The diluted version of the law highlights the challenges lawmakers face. These include regulating chemicals used to make products waterproof, nonstick, or stain-resistant. Manufacturers argue that creating safer alternatives will take time. In some cases, it may not even be possible for now.

The American Chemistry Council criticized the original bill. It stated it would have caused “severe disruption for Coloradoans” and undercut compromises made in the 2022 PFAS legislation.

However, the council later appreciated the lawmakers’ focused approach. It recognizes that not all fluoro chemistry should be treated the same and that some uses are safe and critical. Gretchen Salter, an adviser with Safer States, noted the complexity of regulating PFAS due to their prevalence.

Health and Environmental Concerns

The new law does not address PFAS already in the environment. Recently, Colorado found that 29 out of over 2,000 water treatment facilities do not meet the new federal PFAS limits of four parts per trillion.

This reflects the widespread presence of these chemicals. It is also highlighted by a study finding microplastics in penises. This further raised concerns about potential links to erectile dysfunction. PFAS were also found in every human placenta tested in a separate study. This worried researchers about the effects on developing fetuses.

State senator Lisa Cutter, one of the law’s sponsors, supports a complete ban on PFAS but acknowledges the challenges. She emphasizes the balance between consumer costs and making products PFAS-free. Cutter mentions the difficulty of confronting lobbying groups, which advocate for the continued use of these chemicals for profit.

Cutter has been accused of stifling innovation. However, she believes companies can innovate while protecting community health. Now, Colorado is to ban everyday products containing forever chemicals, which is a big development. It’ll be worth watching how this helps save the environment on a global level.

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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