Over the last few years, it is possible that you have heard about ‘PFAS’ and its dangers both to humans and biodiversity more broadly. In this paper, Thematics AM brings some perspective on this issue, starting with a description of what PFAS is, its use, its impact on our health, existing treatment solutions, and the potential investment opportunities that are arising from an increasingly urgent need to find and treat this family of ‘forever’ substances.
- PFAS are very persistent in the environment and in the human body. They can take up to 1000 years to break down in nature - longer even than the decomposition of a plastic bottle.
- There is a range of methods to remove PFAS and additional treatment technologies are being developed, but so far none are perfect.
- While new regulations on these chemicals will undoubtedly have a negative impact on some firms, they will create new markets and opportunities for companies that provide solutions and technologies to deal with these chemicals.
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