What are PFAS (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances)? How do paper straws with PFAS affect human health?

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What are PFAS (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances)? How do paper straws with PFAS affect human health?

The discovery of PFAS (per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in many paper straws has sent shockwaves through the eco-conscious community. While offering a seemingly eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws, the presence of PFAS raises crucial questions about the true sustainability of these products. But what exactly are PFAS, and why should we be concerned?

20 Feb, 2024 Phoenixes
The Shadowy Side of PFAS

PFAS are a large group of man-made chemicals known for their remarkable durability and water-repellent properties. This has made them incredibly versatile, leading to their use in countless products. However, unlike most chemicals, PFAS don't readily break down in the environment. They linger in water, soil, and even our bodies for decades, accumulating over time.
This persistence raises significant health concerns, and studies suggest potential links between PFAS exposure and an increased risk of:

  • Certain cancers: Kidney, testicular, prostate, and thyroid cancers have shown associations with PFAS exposure.
  • Developmental issues: Studies suggest PFAS might impact childr en's growth, learning, and immune system development.
  • Other health concerns: PFAS exposure has been linked to increased cholesterol, decreased vaccine effectiveness, and even fertility issues.

The Alarming Reality: 90% of paper straws contain PFAS

A recent study revealed a concerning reality: 69% of straws from various brands tested by Belgian researchers contained PFAS. Unfortunately, 90% of paper straws, 80% of bamboo straws, 75% of plastic straws, and 40% of glass straws contain PFAS. This means the convenience and sustainability may come at a hidden cost - potential health risks linked to PFAS exposure.

Phoenixes: Standing Tall for Safe & Sustainable Straws
Fluoride-free paper straws

Sustainability shouldn't come at the expense of health. At Phoenixes, we refuse to compromise. We understand the urgency of the PFAS issue and believe in providing truly sustainable solutions without sacrificing safety. That's why Phoenixes paper straws are proudly crafted without any trace of PFAS, and certified by independent bodies for environmental and safety adherence with these certifications:

  • PFAS-free certificate: Rigorously tested and certified by SGS for the absence of Fluoride, ensuring no PFAS presence.
  • DIN CERTCO Plastic-Free: Verified as completely plastic-free, maximizing environmental impact.
  • Institute Cyclos & OK HOME COMPOST: Certified compostable at home and industrial facilities, minimizing waste.
  • Flustix Plastic-Free: Independently recognized for exceeding plastic-free standards.

By choosing PFAS-free and responsibly sourced paper straws from Phoenixes, you're protecting your health and contributing to a cleaner environment. Join us in creating a world where convenience and safety go hand-in-hand, one delicious sip at a time!

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Phoenixes What are PFAS (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances)? How do paper straws with PFAS affect human health? Introduction

Phoenixes Multi Solutions Inc. is Taiwan supplier and manufacturer in Beverage shops, foodservice operators, frozen food industry, meat products industry, breakfast restaurants, takeaway meal packaging, chain restaurant brands, foodservice equipment suppliers, food manufacturing industry, biotechnology industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical aesthetics manufacturing industry, fresh supermarkets. Phoenixes has been offering our customers high quality Container sealer machine, sealing film, sachet packaging machine, cup sealer, plastic-free paper cup & straws, tray sealer, rotary sealing machine, fructose dispenser, powder dispenser, production line sealing machine, restaurant bibs, bubble tea shop equipment, food packaging equipment since 2000. With both advanced technology and 24 years experience, Phoenixes always make sure to meet each customer's demand.