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Ultrafabrics works to eliminate PFAS

Replacements for synthetic chemical compounds typically used for water and stain resistance being introduced.

18th October 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Tarrytown, NY, USA

Interiors, Sustainable

Non-leather interior fabrics specialist Ultrafabrics has now removed PFAS from the bulk of its materials and has been awarded ‘Achiever’ status by MindClick’s Sustainability Assessment Programme.

Mindclick is a resource enabling architects, designers and specifiers to quickly assess the sustainability credentials of brands and their offerings in the marketplace. It provides an Environmental Health Index that meets the demand for product transparency critical to the sustainable journey of any project. The MindClick Sustainability Assessment Programme (MSAP) also measures all aspects of a company’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy including materials, chemicals, packaging, health and end-of-use, to determine a brand’s ranking.

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, are synthetic chemical compounds typically used for water and stain resistance. Studies have recently linked PFAS, which includes compounds like PFOA and PFOS, with a range of harmful effects on both human and environmental health. Many states and countries, including Japan – the manufacturing headquarters of Ultrafabrics – have adopted a ban on PFOA following the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Ultrafabrics began transitioning away from PFOA over two years ago, ultimately removing it from all breathable technology styles, which include Brisa, Brisa Distressed, Brisa Frontier, Brisa Forecast, and Fresco.

Most Ultrafabrics collections do not contain any type of PFAS compound, with the exceptions being Ultraleather Pro, Reef Pro and select custom collections. These ink and stain Resistant collections contain PFAS, but Ultrafabrics is already working on next-generation replacements.

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