REI leadership addressed PFAS problem in annual member meeting but ignored nationwide pressure to end the use of toxic PFAS

Members, customers, and health advocates express disappointment in REI’s failure to take action to protect our health and environment

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Starbucks commits to eliminating PFAS from all U.S. packaging by the end of 2022, and international packaging in 2023

Toxic-Free Future and its Mind the Store program applaud this commitment and urge Congress to pass ban on PFAS in food packaging

SEATTLE, WA—On March 15, 2022, international coffee giant Starbucks announced its first-ever commitment to eliminate toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in its food packaging materials. As part of the company’s new sustainable packaging policy, the transition away from these dangerous chemicals in its food packaging materials will be complete in the U.S. by the end of 2022. Starbucks has more than 15,000 U.S. stores and 34,000 stores worldwide and is the second biggest quick-service restaurant chain in the U.S.

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Washington state leads the nation with bold laws that prevent the use of dangerous chemicals in products. The Safer Products for Washington law targets the persistent class of PFAS for elimination, and our business community can lead by adopting safer solutions now. Apparel is a major use of PFAS—added for water and stain proofing. That’s why  we’re asking REI to lead the outdoor industry away from the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Continue reading 

By Jen Dickman, Senior Program Associate at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

Seattle is known for innovation, big ideas, and bold solutions. The use of harmful chemicals in products that cause pollution of our homes, communities, drinking water, and wildlife is one problem some Seattle-area retailers are tackling head on, while others are lagging behind. Continue reading