3M to end manufacture and use of 'forever chemicals' by 2025
3M will also "work to discontinue use of PFAS across our product portfolio" by 2025
December 21, 2022
By the end of 2025, 3M will stop making the "forever chemicals" that for decades have bedeviled the environment.
3M halted production of an earlier generation of the chemicals 20 years ago due to concerns over toxicity. On Tuesday, the Maplewood-based industrial giant said it would phase out all forms of the chemicals, called PFAS for short, as regulators worldwide take a tougher stance.
"While PFAS can be safely made and used, we also see an opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving external regulatory and business landscape to make the greatest impact for those we serve," CEO Mike Roman said in a statement.