Today marks the launch of our joint NGOs Ban PFAS manifesto. The manifesto, which is signed by over 45 organisations, is calling for EU Member States and the Commission to urgently ban PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals’, in consumer products by 2025 and across all uses by 2030.
Two years ago, the European Commission published its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability including a commitment to phase out per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, PFAS, in all non-essential uses. Today, CHEM Trust, alongside 45 European civil society organisations, says: now is the time to fulfil this commitment and show to the rest of the world that phasing out PFAS is possible.
Dr. Julie Schneider, PFAS campaigner at CHEM Trust says:
“We’re talking about a group of entirely human-made chemicals that didn’t exist on the planet a century ago and have now contaminated every single corner. No one gave their consent to be exposed to these harmful chemicals, we haven’t had the choice to opt out and now we have to live with this toxic legacy for decades to come. The very least we can do is to stop adding to this toxic burden by banning PFAS use and production now.”
Our Ban PFAS manifesto develops 9 reasons why PFAS must be banned and lists 10 demands and calls on authorities and companies to stop adding to the PFAS pollution burden and address the existing one.
We are inviting European civil society organisations to support our call for action by adding their name to the Ban PFAS manifesto.
If your organisation would like to sign-on to the manifesto, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ban PFAS manifesto is available in 5 languages:
A communication pack is available here, it includes:
- Our joint press release here.
- A set of 9 illustrations available in 8 languages here.
- Examples of social media posts here.
The manifesto was jointly developed by CHEM Trust, Arnika, Tegengif, HEAL, EEB, ClientEarth, and BUND