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What Are Fluorinated Chemicals & PFAs?

PFAs (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are chemicals that are added to food packaging to provide grease and water resistance. With very similar properties to Teflon, PFAs and other fluorinated chemicals are considered “forever chemicals” as they accumulate in the environment. Greenlid’s products are 100% free of fluorinated chemicals and PFAs, unlike the vast majority of other molded fiber tableware and foodservice products.

Since these chemicals can permeate food, air, soil and water, they pose a growing threat to our health. PFAs exposure has been linked to cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease and fertility issues. As research on these chemicals intensifies, it’s widely believed that more maladies will be linked.

The scrutiny on PFAs is finally reaping some real-world changes. BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) has implemented a new standard for restricting PFAs from its certification, allowing no more than 100 ppm of fluorine. Additionally, many big-name brands have committed to removing PFAs from their packaging, but will not achieve their goal until at least 2025. By choosing Greenlid, you don’t have to wait!

Quick Facts about PFAs

  • PFAs (Polyfluorylacyls) and other fluorinated chemicals provide oil-proofness to fibre products

  • Same chemical structure as Teflon

  • They are linked to cancer and other health issues

  • Other private label brands (Amazon and others) have been discontinued

  • PFA is to Fibre as BPA was to plastic

  • Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about the harmful chemicals found in most disposable tableware and takeout containers

  • Lawsuits have been filed for PFAs exposure and bans are underway across the globe

The solution

Our products are truly green. They do not contain any harmful chemicals and are PFAs free! Our mandate is to make sure that anyone interested in our products has full disclosure regarding what they’re buying as well as how they’re making an impact by choosing honest, raw products.


If you purchase large quantities of disposable tableware you may want to get them tested for Total Fluorine Content by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. Send us an email - We can help!

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