H&M, Coop Denmark join ChemSec's call to
end PFAS use
Fashion giant H&M Group and Danish retailer Coop are joining
Swedish chemical expert non-governmental organisation (NGO)
International Chemical Secretariat’s (ChemSec) call to end
the use of harmful polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in
products and supply chains.
As these are perfectly legal to use, unless there are
government restrictions, suppliers will continue to use
these in manufacturing, ChemSec said.
This commitment by the two companies came on the day on
which award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo and director Todd
Haynes addressed the European Parliament to speak about the
true story that inspired the duo’s latest film ‘Dark
Waters’, in which an environmental attorney takes on a
chemical giant and exposes decades of PFAS pollution.
ChemSec’s corporate PFAS initiative includes a call on
policymakers to regulate PFAS efficiently without the
possibility for manufacturers to simply swap one PFAS
chemical for an unregulated cousin, a call on the chemical
industry to put money into innovation and develop safer
alternatives to PFAS for all kinds of products, a
recognition that PFAS are a major health and environmental
problem, a serious commitment to end all non-essential PFAS
uses in products and supply chains, and a call on all other
brands to join this commitment and work towards a phase-out
of PFAS in all kinds of consumer products, the NGO said in a
Brands and retailers who want to stop PFAS from being used
as ingredients in their products have very limited ways of
communicating this in the global supply chain, it said.
PFAS is a chemical family consisting of almost 5,000
industrially-produced chemicals. In manufacturing, PFAS are
favoured for their durability and well-functioning
properties; they provide properties such as non-stick, water
repellence and anti-grease to many types of products,
including cosmetics, food packaging, frying pans, outdoor
gear and firefighting foam.
The industrial use of PFAS has been so prevalent in the last
decades that today 99% of every human, including foetuses,
have measurable levels of PFAS in their bloodstreams,