The Washington Department of Ecology published a report identifying alternatives for food packaging with fewer toxic chemicals, specifically PFAS. The report to the Washington Legislature includes an alternatives assessment process and identifies non-PFAS alternatives for wraps and liners, plates, pizza boxes, and food boats that will be phased in by early 2023. Ecology plans to work on assessments to find safer alternatives for six other food packaging types.
Studies show that many consumer products and product packaging contain toxic chemicals that can escape and contaminate food. Washington, New York, and Maine have passed restrictions on food packaging, and 11 other states are introducing legislation to eliminate PFAS in food contact materials in 2021.