Which Major Textile Companies Are Planning to Sustain Toxic Forever Chemicals?

A new study by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Fashion FWD found that many clothing companies use toxic “forever chemicals” to make their clothes, and some of these brands are going to stop using them. Not planning to, either.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, are chemicals used in the apparel industry to make clothing “waterproof, stain-resistant and breathable.” study said, The chemicals have previously been linked to health issues such as cancer or suppressed immune function and can be found in both animals and humans.

Titled “Going Out of Fashion,” the study surveyed 30 of America’s top apparel brands, looking specifically at the brands’ PFAS-related policies and commitments.

Scoring each company based on “company PFAS commitments as well as timeline, product scope and transparency of PFAS labeling and testing protocols,” the study showed that 18 of the 30 brands surveyed received a D or less. happened, which means they had very bad or non-public. Commitment to get rid of PFAS in their clothes.

A survey showed that many major clothing companies have no plans to reduce the amount of chemicals found in clothing. In this photo, clothes hang on a rack at an American Apparel retail store on January 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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The 18 companies were as follows:

1. VF Corporation (The North Face, Timberlands)

2. L.L. Bean

3. Columbia Sportswear

4. REI

5. Wolverine Worldwide (Wolverine, Merrell)

6. Academy Sports & Outdoors

7. Costco Wholesale

8. Target Corp.

9. Kohl’s Corporation

10. Nordstrom

11. JCPenney

12. Macy’s Inc.

13. Walmart Inc.

14. Under Armor

15. Skechers

16. Capri Holdings (Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo)

17. G-III Apparel Group Limited (DKNY, Andrew Mark)

18. Tapestry Inc. (Coach, Kate Spade)

“Unfortunately, most of these companies do not have policies or commitments to remove these PFAS chemicals forever,” CoPIRG executive director Danny Katz said according to CBS4. They are commonly called forever chemicals because they are incredibly long lasting in the environment.

The survey detailed that “JCPenney does not have a publicly available commitment to phase out the use of PFAS in apparel sold in its stores; Kohl’s has only added PFOA and PFOS to its supply chain.” and Walmart, Macy’s and Nordstrom have no publicly available policy regarding the use of PFAS in the apparel sold in their stores.”

Several other brands were called out for finding loopholes in their PFAS transparency. The survey noted that VF, for example, “has an established timeline for eliminating most PFAS use, but unfortunately it has not included PTFE in this commitment.”

And at The North Face brand, some apparel is advertised as “PFAS-free” and water-resistant, but that’s not the standard across all of its products.

Katz advises consumers to check the tags on clothing before making a purchase. “If you have clothing that says stain-resistant or water-resistant, it may contain PFAS; if you have a label that says PFAS-free, that means they’ve phased it out,” Katz said. said. “But if it doesn’t have that label, or [it has] A label with different letters on it, maybe PFOS free instead of PFAS, is no guarantee that the product doesn’t contain other types of PFAS chemicals.”

Concerns about chemicals forever toxic to humans have risen in recent years, and in October of last year, the Biden administration announced three year initiative To regulate PFAS found in everyday household items.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also took measures to reduce the amount of PFAS found in drinking water.

Our concern for toxic chemicals has spread beyond PFAS to microplastics, as researchers confirmed that microplastics were first found in human blood and lungs.

newsweek Contacted VF Corporation and Target for additional comment.

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