Textiles and PFAS: Managing the legal risks

March 1st, 2024

A lack of oil repellency for non-PFAS finishes could lead to flammability hazards for firefighters’ gear if exposed to substances such as diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, NC State researchers have found in tests comparing PFAS-treated and untreated turnout gear. Future work will explore how much oil repellency firefighters need in the field. Image: NC […]

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PARÁ phasing out PFAS chemicals use

May 4th, 2023

As part of their continual commitment to adopt more sustainable production methods, PARÁ will begin using the world’s first plant-based finish on all of its fabric offerings including Tempotest® Performance Fabrics. PARÁ, a global leader in fabric development and production, has finalized its new PFAS-free finish, Teflon EcoElite™ and will be working towards converting all goods over throughout 2023.  […]

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Glen Raven Inc. to eliminate PFAS chemicals across entire portfolio

March 21st, 2023

Glen Raven Inc. announced it has begun to phase out PFAS chemicals across its global fabric portfolio. The company began incorporating optimal non-PFAS solutions into production last month and all production will be transitioned to non-PFAS by the end of 2023. In addition, all new fabric designs, including for the company’s flagship Sunbrella® brand, will be […]

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Milliken & Co. eliminates PFAS from portfolio

February 22nd, 2023

The Textile Business of global manufacturer Milliken & Company announced it has successfully eliminated all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, from its textile fibers and finishes portfolio, becoming the first U.S.-based multi-market textile manufacturer to remove PFAS.   “This is a tremendous accomplishment and tribute to our team who worked around the […]

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California bans PFAS

December 1st, 2022

So-called “forever chemicals” that may be harmful to humans and animals have been banned in textile production, cosmetics and personal care products in California by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, are commonly used in clothing and household items to make them resistant to water and stains. But […]

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Polartec eliminates PFAS across its performance fabrics line

October 1st, 2021

Polartec has eliminated PFAS in its durable water-repellent treatments with no loss of performance, according to company leaders. Photo: Polartec. Milliken & Co. brand Polartec® has announced that it has eliminated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in its durable water- repellent (DWR) treatments across its line of performance fabrics. A non-PFAS weather protection fabric treatment, […]

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