3M has announced that it will exit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) manufacturing and work to discontinue the use of PFAS across its product portfolio by the end of 2025.
PFAS, often referred to as “forever chemicals,” have come under scrutiny for their associated human health risks, as well as their indefinite persistence in the environment. PFAS are often used in food contact materials and food packaging; however, some companies have begun to phase out the use of PFAS in such applications, and governments are beginning to regulate the substances in foods and food contact materials more strictly.
3M's decision is based on careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of the evolving external landscape, including multiple factors such as accelerating regulatory trends focused on reducing or eliminating the presence of PFAS in the environment, and changing stakeholder expectations.
3M will discontinue manufacturing all fluoropolymers, fluorinated fluids, and PFAS-based additive products. The company intends to help facilitate an orderly transition for customers, as well to fulfill current contractual obligations during the transition period. 3M has also begun reducing its use of PFAS over the past three years through ongoing research and development, and will continue to innovate new solutions for customers.