Forever chemicals refers to a class of 14,000 chemicals that are typically used in consumer products to make them water-resistant.
As the name suggests, since these chemicals do not naturally break down, they can cause cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease and fetal complications and can contribute to other major health issues. New Zealand announced that it is banning so-called “forever chemicals” from 2026, making it the first country to do so in a bid to protect people and the environment.
New Zealand’s EPA has said it will ban the use of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) also known as “forever chemicals” added to make cosmetic products like nail polish, shaving cream, foundation, lipsticks and so on, to make them spreadable, durable and water resistant.
Source: The Guardian