Those “environmentally friendly” takeout bowls are WORSE for the environment, and POISON people!

Dec 2014
The Milky Way
Color me not shocked as we see this over and over again, as with the plastic straw farce as another recent example.

According to experts consulted for this story, all molded fiber bowls contain PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a broad class of more than 4,000 fluorinated compounds that do not biodegrade naturally in the environment. This means that the bowls used at restaurants like Chipotle and Sweetgreen aren’t truly compostable, as has been claimed. Instead, they are likely making compost more toxic, adding to the chemical load of the very soil and water they were supposed to help improve. And rather than degrade quickly, they contain potentially hazardous ingredients that never break down. Not in five years, and not in 500.

So those “environmentally friendly” bowls are actually WORSE than the crap they replaced!!!!! I just.. I just don’t know what to say. It’s so mind-numbingly stupid.
The New Food Economy tested fiber bowls from 14 locations of 8 different New York City restaurants, including multiple outposts of Chipotle, Dig Inn (which has since changed its name to Dig), and Sweetgreen. All of the samples tested contained high levels of fluorine, which experts including Notre Dame chemist Graham Peaslee, who conducted the testing, say indicates treatment with PFAS compounds. These powerful compounds are what allow these bowls to hold hot, wet, and greasy food, which would quickly destroy any untreated paper product. PFAS is what keeps your lunch from falling into your lap.

The public health implications of this finding are not yet clear. The very worst PFAS chemicals are linked to a range of serious health outcomes, from colitis and thyroid disorders to kidney and testicular cancers, and have been mostly phased out of production in the U.S. These bowls are more likely to contain newer varieties that are just as persistent in the environment and are of grave concern to scientists, but have not been studied as closely for potential health effects.

Those 'environmentally friendly' takeout bowls are WORSE for the environment, and POISON people!
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Likes: MichelleZ
Oct 2018
Somewhere they can't find me.
This would have been somewhat more believable had the source not been some extreme-right fringe site.

And how about those tin-foil hats? I hear they're pretty toxic as well.

Nov 2016
It’s hard to take seriously any story that has as a footnote, “Help us fight the left and keep our conservative message alive.”