UPDATE - June 2022: Thanks in part to your signatures, Starbucks has committed to eliminate PFAS from all U.S. packaging no later than the end of 2022 (and in 2023 for international packaging).
I would have solidly placed a bet that the first fast food chains in the U.S. began in the 1950’s. Little did I realize that the first one actually opened in 1921. It was a White Castle! From there, these suburban quick stops mushroomed into urban areas in the 1960’s….and from there, the trend only got hotter.
So, what does our water supply have to
do with fast food? In a nutshell, fast food packaging evolved over the years to (unfortunately) include human-made “forever chemicals.” These are more technically known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS pollution has been documented in the tap water of up to 16 million people in 33 states.
Currently, seven states have passed bans on PFAS pollution. Fast food chains including McDonald’s, Chipotle, and Panera have also implemented bans. Let’s join together in creating a national ban, and let’s help keep our water supply clean.
Take 1-minute to add your name and let’s urge Congress to take action. https://saferchemicals.org/action-ban-toxic-food-packaging/?source=get-involved