Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Paramo offers PFC treatment-free clothing
Paramo offers PFC treatment-free clothing
12
Feb '14
Páramo institutes a system to guarantee fabrics and components are “PFC-treatment free” Páramo is well known in the UK for its use of Nikwax technology to bring innovative and functional designs to market. 
 
Now it is leading once more by ensuring that all raw materials are screened to exclude PFC treatment. Why would this be necessary, since Páramo is already using Nikwax technology, which is PFC free? Why is PFC (or fluorocarbon) water-repellency, such a problem? 
 
Awareness of PFC environmental and health problems is growing daily, especially in German-speaking countries. PFCs have been used for years on Outdoor clothing, but now the evidence is building to show that they represent a severe environmental hazard and consumers are becoming aware of this. 
 
In fact, these chemicals are already in all of us, trapped in our blood, and are almost impossible to get rid of. Above a certain level they will contribute to the risk of cancer and other diseases. Most of us have a relatively low level, which probably will not significantly affect us, but people living off seafood in the Arctic have high levels, which are affecting the health of their communities.
 
Why is controlling PFC out of the supply chain an issue? Because these PFC materials are so persistent, and used so widely in Outdoor textiles, it is difficult to find any materials that are not polluted with a trace of them.
 
Therefore measurement for control is extremely difficult. In 2012, Greenpeace tested a number of brands, including jackets which had been specifically made for Greenpeace. 
 
Both Greenpeace jackets and other brands claiming to be PFC-free showed levels of PFC, raising the question of how to exclude them from the supply chain.
 
The important thing is to test for PFC treatment, instead of PFCs Whilst there is PFC pollution coming from all over the place, the real major source is the PFC water-repellent chemicals used on garments, carpets, and even pizza boxes. 
 

Paramo


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 23rd Jun 2017

Textile ministry organises training workshop on GST

The ministry of textiles had organised training workshop on GST which ...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd Jun 2017

Uware Brands into licensing agreement with Polaroid

Uware Brands has entered into a licensing agreement with Polaroid for ...

Textiles | On 23rd Jun 2017

Ralph Lauren ex-president Tiger of Sweden's new CEO

Hans-Christian Meyer, former president of Ralph Lauren Corporation,...

Interviews View All

Yashiki Gumber
Sahiba Fabrics

Fabric does not restrict us from fashion trends

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Cyril Pereira
Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

'Major problem in the textile machinery manufacturing industry is the lack ...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
June 2017

June 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search