CEH Report: A Purchaser’s Guide to Safer Foodware

For decades, chemicals 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. But new research shows that these chemicals aren’t safe for people. These chemicals, known as PFAS, have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, elevated cholesterol, decreased fertility, thyroid problems and changes in hormone functioning in adults as well as adverse developmental effects and decreased immune response in children. Disposable foodware also creates avoidable waste, depletes natural resources, and raises concerns about other toxic chemicals that pollute the environment and endanger human health.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) recently published a report – Avoiding Hidden Hazards: A Purchaser’s Guide to Safer Foodware – that identifies a variety of disposable foodware products that were found to contain PFAS.

The report offers commercial and institutional purchasers – such as schools, restaurants, cafeterias and hospitals – with PFAS-free foodware options and equips them with tools to push manufacturers away from these harmful compounds and towards safer products.

Check below to read our consumer tip sheet, recently released report, a database of foodware products we tested, and a fact sheet on fluorinated additives.

Zero Waste & Better Health: Two schools on a journey to more sustainable, reusable foodware
This October 24th, 2019 webinar shares the latest information about PFAS chemicals and other health and environmental concerns with single-use food service ware. Hear from two school districts in CA and NY that have transitioned to reusable food service ware about their experience.
Click here for a PDF version of the webinar slides

Toxic Chemicals in Single-Use Food Service Ware: K-12 Schools’ Efforts Towards More Sustainable Alternatives
This May 15th, 2019 webinar features two school districts in CT and WA discussing their efforts to move away from single-use food service ware towards healthier and more sustainable options.
Click here for a PDF version of the webinar slides

Infographic: Healthier Food Serviceware Choices
Consumer Tip Sheet:
“Ten Reasons to Wash More Dishes”

Avoiding Hidden Hazards: A Purchaser’s Guide to Safer Foodware









CEH Foodware Database (Google Sheet version) – updated Nov 2019

Fact Sheet: Fluorinated Additives