We are asking for consumer guidelines from major apparel brands after the publication of damaging evidence to human health and the environment from PFC’s. (Perfluorinated chemicals)

Under the Greenpeace Detox campaign Adidas and Puma have agreed to phase out PFC’s by 2017.

With this in mind, what should consumers do?

Resist buying new sportswear until after 2017? Throw away their current sportswear which contains the cancer causing PFC C8 chemical?

Will the new generation of PFC’s be any safer than the ones which are being phased out? Are the chemical industry and or brands going to publish rigorous testing data prior to using the new generation of PFC's in consumer products?

It is clear that current regulations do not protect consumers from exposure to cancer causing chemicals and the financial penalties imposed on chemical companies are insufficient to prevent it happening again.

Unfortunately it is left to us, the consumer, to become more aware and start asking questions about the toxic chemicals which lay behind the various performance capabilities such as stain resistant and water proof with regard to PFC’s in textiles.

Below is a consumer awareness guide for chemical groups used in sportswear written by Golf Refugees.

Carcinogenic (cancer causing), Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction - CMR

Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium (VI))
Organotin compounds
Perfluorinated compounds
Halogenated solvents
Aromatic amines

Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics - PBT

Heavy Metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium (VI))
Organotin compounds
Perfluorinated compounds
Polyhalogenated alkanes

Endocrine (hormone) Disruptor Chemicals - EDC

Organotin compounds
Polyhalogenated aromatics


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