There is a great deal of research to review on these subjects. We recommend you watch the informational documentary, The Devil We Know, found now on Netflix.
Additionally, please feel free to follow the links provided to learn more.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
“These studies indicate that exposure to PFOA and PFOS over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes).”
“3M agreed to pay a $1,521,481 penalty for 244 separate counts under TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act). As a result of the audit, 3M has corrected a number of violations, including failures to notify EPA on new chemicals, late reporting on substantial risk information, and other reporting violations. During the course of the audit, 3M produced valuable, previously unreported information that will help the scientific community to better understand the presence of toxic substances in the environment.”
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
“Although the United States and most industrialized nations have stopped producing PFOA and PFOS, China remains a major producer and user of both substances, and its production has increased as production in the rest of the world has declined (HAES 2017; Li et al. 2015; Lim et al. 2011).” Pg.534
“The 3M Company was the principal worldwide manufacturer of PFOS and related chemicals. As a result of its phase-out decision in May 2000, 3M no longer manufactures perfluorooctanyl compounds (PFOA and PFOS). The company ceased manufacturing and using the vast majority of these compounds within approximately 2 years of the phase-out announcement and ceased all manufacturing and the last significant use of this chemistry by the end of 2008 (3M 2008a; EPA 2007a).” – pg. 540
Never trust that just because you are sourcing the fabric from a reputable US or European textile company that it is free of dangerous chemicals. Always ask for specifics and request treatment with a known brand of textile technology that is US based. It is important to remember that when aligning with a brand, you are making a statement to your consumers that you believe in the product and are backing its performance and environmental responsibility with your brand.
There are different options on the market that will provide safe and permanent stain repellency solutions along with improved textile durability. Look to a product like, Alta™ , which uses less chemistry to create exceptional repellency to water and oil based stains. Alta is also permanent and free of environmental contaminants like PFOA & PFOSs.
To learn more about these issues and alternative technologies like Alta™, please call the Alta™ hotline at 1-866-891-6266.