First-of-its-kind certification eliminates harmful PFAS in foodware and shifts market to preferred alternatives


Today, nonprofit organizations Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Clean Production Action (CPA) unveiled the GreenScreen Certified™ Standard for Food Service Ware. The groundbreaking certification program sets a new safety standard for everyday items like disposable plates and bowls that do not contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) plus thousands of other chemicals of concern. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to break down in the environment and can cause cancer, thyroid disease, birth defects, hormone disruption, decreased fertility, and other serious health issues. 


The certification draws from CEH’s extensive work testing single-use food ware for PFAS and builds on CPA’s GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, the globally recognized tool for chemical hazard assessment used by governments, companies, and certification standards to encourage the design and use of inherently safer chemical ingredients.   


For decades, PFAS have been added to microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, fast food wrappers, plates, bowls, food trays, take-out containers and other food packaging to make them water and grease resistant. This creates a problem in manufacturing, at the disposal stage and during consumer use. Products and packaging containing PFAS pose unnecessarily harmful threats to human health, especially as safer alternatives are already on the market and will become increasingly available. GreenScreen Certified for Food Service Ware empowers manufacturers to communicate their use of safer chemicals to buyers and position themselves as market leaders in safer chemistries and innovation.


Eco-Products is the first manufacturer to earn the GreenScreen Silver designation for a food service ware product line. NatureWorks is the first material company to achieve the GreenScreen Certified Standard Platinum level of certification.


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Greenscreen Chemicals, 2 November 2021