Technical Absorbents

Free membership

Receive our weekly Newsletter
and set tailored daily news alerts.

Textiles Intelligence

Anti PFASs legislation to drive innovation

Forever chemicals are drawing attention because of the damaging impact they have on the environment and human health.

1st March 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  United Kingdom

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as “forever chemicals”, are a family of synthetic fluorinated compounds which are prized for their unique characteristics. In textiles and clothing, they are most commonly used in the manufacture of durable water repellent (DWR) finishes, treatments and membranes for a broad range of applications, including accessories, automotive interiors, footwear, home textiles, performance apparel, performance equipment and technical textiles.

However, PFASs are drawing attention because of the damaging impact they have on the environment and human health. In particular, they persist in the environment and have been shown to be bioaccumulative, highly mobile and toxic.

As scientific evidence demonstrating the adverse effects of PFASs on the environment and human health increases, lawmakers worldwide are strengthening existing regulations or proposing new regulations in order to eliminate PFASs.

For performance apparel brands, a major challenge lies in understanding the impact of forthcoming regulations. A larger challenge lies in the development of alternative substances which comply with current and forthcoming regulations while offering the same levels of performance as PFASs.

Buy this report

Publisher: Textiles Intelligence

‘Textile and clothing brands face pressure to innovate as legislation builds against the use of PFASs, or "forever chemicals"

52 pages, published in January 2024

Report price: Euro 676.00; US$ 889.00

Reports are supplied in PDF format only via email and can be purchased by credit card or via PayPal. Alternatively, readers can email their order and we will invoice accordingly and send their report by email upon receipt of payment.

To buy this report, please select one of the buttons below or email [email protected].   

Latest Reports

Business intelligence for the fibre, textiles and apparel industries: technologies, innovations, markets, investments, trade policy, sourcing, strategy...

Find out more