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Groups Petition FDA to Ban Imported PFCs in Paper Products

A group of consumer and health organizations has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban perchlorate and perfluorocarboxylates in paper products that are imported into the US, citing potential harm to human health. In 2011, three US manufacturers voluntarily stopped using the chemicals … Read more »

Adidas Group

Adidas Kicks Up PFC-Free Pledge, Partners with Bluesign

The adidas Group, whose brands include adidas, Reebok and TaylorMade, has partnered with bluesign technologies and committed to being 90 percent perfluorinated compound (PFC) free by June 15 and 99 percent PFC free by Dec. 31, 2017. The company has already committed to phase out the use of long-chain PFCs … Read more »

Greenpeace Detox Soccer

Toxic Chemicals in World Cup Soccer Gear, Greenpeace Says

Soccer merchandise produced by adidas, Nike and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been found to contain hazardous chemicals, according to an investigation by Greenpeace Germany. Independent laboratories tested 33 items including shoes, goalkeeper gloves and the official “Brazuca” ball for a range of substances … Read more »

Greenpeace protests at Burberry

Burberry Pledges No More Toxic Chemicals in Supply Chain

Burberry has committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by Jan. 1, 2020, following weeks of Greenpeace-led protests at its stores and consumer pressure on its social media channels. The luxury brand says it will first prioritize apparel and by the end of June 2014, it will begin … Read more »

Outdoor Clothing Makers Seek PFC-Free Product Lines

Outdoor clothing makers are aiming to eliminate certain chemicals used for warmth and dryness from their product lines because of potential environmental harm. The outdoor segment, which has grown to about a 20 percent share of the global sportswear market in the past 10 years, now faces increased pressure to … Read more »

H&M Group to Ban PFCs in All Products

H&M Group, the Swedish clothing retailer and manufacturer that has 2,600 stores worldwide, will no longer use perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, in any products ordered after Jan. 1, 2013. PFCs are typically used by clothing manufacturers to make outer wear garments water repellent and stain resistant. PFCs, which also are used in … Read more »