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Perfluorinated Compounds in Textiles and Apparel

November 5, 2015


The use of perfluorinated compounds (PFC) in clothing has been debated at the international level due to the adverse effects these substances pose to human health and the environment. Recent analytical testing found that PFCs are in fact used in outdoor apparel as water and oil repellent treatments. Therefore, their presence can be found in surface coatings and waterproof fabrics including outdoor clothing, tents, sleeping bags and shoes.

Why It Matters

Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are currently restricted by European legislation, however many other PFCs are used for the same purposes and with the same adverse effects to human health and environment.

It is anticipated that the focus on these substances will continue to grow through new environmental and health initiatives which could lead to required analytical testing of products.

How UL Can Help

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