No Added PFAS Puts Pregis Flexibles Ahead of Environmental Legislation
Pregis Performance Flexibles are manufactured without added fluoropolymer process aids (PFAS)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to publish a final ruling in January 2023, requiring manufacturers (including importers) to report information on PFAS manufactured or imported since Jan. 1, 2011. If the rule is finalized as proposed, manufacturers will have to report use of any materials with PFAS and stop using new products containing intentionally added PFAS.
Anticipating these and future legislative limits regarding PFAS, Pregis implemented processes in its high-performance blown film operations to ensure they design structures without added PFAS.
Pregis Performance Flexibles customers can be confident that our film solutions have no added PFAS, meeting new legislative standards.
Per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) are chemical compounds that have been used to produce many consumer and industrial products. They are long-lasting, a characteristic which is great for performance but not for the environment if the chemicals are not disposed of correctly. Researchers have linked adverse health effects to PFAS as well as impacts within our ecosystem.
Because of safety concerns, many states are deploying harsh legislative measures to limit the impact of PFAS on the environment and curb their use especially in food safety. Eleven states have enacted laws that prohibit or will prohibit the use of PFAS in food packaging. PFAS chemicals will continue to be a significant focus of proposed policies throughout the next few years.
Pregis provides solutions for customers that can enhance and advance sustainability and performance of flexible packaging. If you are in any of the states impacted by new PFAS legislation or simply want to work with a progressive partner that is in front of changing market needs, Pregis is ready to assist you in complying with regulatory requirements without sacrificing performance.
Let’s get started! Contact a Pregis specialty films consultant for more information.