PFAS

What is PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of more than 4,600 man-made chemicals which have been used in a variety of industries around the globe since the 1940s. Certain PFAS like Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) have a low coefficient of friction which makes them popular for use as additives in lubricants.

Why are PFAS bad for the environment and humans?

PFAS are resistant to heat and other chemicals, which means that they do not readily biodegrade and can accumulate in the environment, animals and the human body.

How are people exposed to PFAS?

People can be exposed to these chemicals in a variety of ways and at different levels. PFAS enters the food chain through contaminated soil and water, food packaging, food preparation equipment and products that contain PFAS like chain lubricants.  The latter would shed onto road surfaces or mountain trails and streams while cycling and end up in the aquatic organisms, fish, main waterways and urban water systems.

Are there health effects from PFAS?

There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans due to its absorption and accumulation in the body. Laboratory studies on some PFAS chemicals suggest that they cause tumours, reproductive-, developmental-, liver-, kidney- and immunological effects in animals. Some human epidemiology studies suggest increased cholesterol levels and influence on infant birth weights, effects on the immune system, cancer, and thyroid hormone disruption.

Why all Squirt Chain Lubes are naturally PFAS free

The unique blend of biodegradable waxes combined with the emulsification technology used in Squirt Chain Lube provide a very stable, more eco-friendly product with a long-lasting lubrication effect.  The unique waxes in Squirt act as friction reducing additives similar to what solid PTFE does, without the negative effects associated with PFAS.

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You can read more about PFAS and its effects on humans and the environment here.