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Oopsie, this popular ‘compostable’ bowl actually lasts forever

Melanie Wong | Sep 9, 201911:03 AM     14

" . . . So what’s wrong with molded fiber bowls specifically? The big issue is that they, like many consumer products, contain PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. Those are a broad class of manmade chemicals that do not biodegrade naturally — ever. Like, not in ten years, not in 10,000 years.

Best known as the chemical behind Teflon non-stick pans, they can be found in a variety of products, like fire-fighting foam, stain-resistant clothing, and food packaging (Apparently, treatment with PFAS is what made molded fiber bowls so good at holding hot and greasy foodstuffs without falling apart.)

And although several states have moved to ban the stuff in products such as food packaging, PFAS’ long-lasting nature means they’ll likely remain in our water, soil, and bodies for the foreseeable future. So to sum up: Not only do these “compostable” bowls not actually biodegrade, they end up making industrial compost, the water used to process it, and the eventual soil they are meant to replenish, toxic. . . "

Oopsie, this popular ‘compostable’ bowl actually lasts forever

Sweetgreen, Chipotle among chains that reportedly used PFAS-coated molded fiber bowls.

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