By January 2020, Lowe’s will no longer sell carpets or rugs containing PFAS chemicals, the National Resources Defense Council reports.
Per-and polyfluoroalkyl, or PFAS, chemicals have been linked to cancer, respiratory issues, liver damage, reproductive issues, thyroid problems and kidney disease, among other health concerns.
The chemicals are widely used in stain- and water-resistant materials such as clothing, furniture and carpets. They are also found on nonstick cookware and in firefighting foam.
Not only are these chemicals dangerous for humans, but they are also a hazard to the environment. PFAS chemicals are also known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t biodegrade and can leech into soil and nearby aquifers, where they’re nearly impossible to remove.
PFAS chemicals are currently unregulated by the EPA, but companies like Lowe’s are beginning to take customer concerns into account. The Home Depot announced a similar ban on carpets containing PFAS in September.
Lowe’s has 43 total locations across the state of Indiana, all of which will now offer PFAS-free alternatives to household carpeting and rugs.