ChemSec : Ban on PFAS

Ban on PFAS

 (Source: dfv)
(Source: dfv)

The apparel supplier H&M and more than 100 consumer brands supports the EU proposed ban on polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Hazardous chemicals can be found everywhere, from the world’s most remote locations to everyday products such as clothes, electronics and food packaging. Some increase the risk of serious illness. Others damage the environment.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been commonly used as stain and water-repellents in performance textiles for many years. There are PFAS-free alternatives available, but many have proven not to be as effective, particularly for oil-based stains.
ChemSec, Göteborg/Sweden, says that 108 leading brands, worth a total of more than €130 billion, have joined its ‘PFAS Movement’, an advocacy campaign that calls for comprehensive regulation of PFAS in the EU.
The proposed EU ban on PFAS is extensive and the first of its kind worldwide. The idea was initially initiated by Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, who have spent almost three years mapping the implications of a ban on PFAS chemicals in a dossier that expands over nearly 2,000 pages.

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