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Swedish fashion retailer Lindex bans use of PFCs
Mar '15
Swedish fashion retailer Lindex said it has banned the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in all the garments they sell.

The fashion retailer has been phasing out PFCs since 2012 as a part of its efforts to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals.

“Lindex has already banned 16 phthalates starting with DEHP, BIBP, DBP and BBP and the use of PVC and APEO in their production,” it said in a press release.

“To eliminate all doubts about content of the water repellant finishes, the most successful way has been to nominate chemical brands that can provide us with that,” Agneta Häll, quality standard manager at Lindex said.

She added, “So far we have started cooperation with one chemical brand, the Rudolf Group that can provide and guarantee us a PFC free finish.”

The cooperation with the Rudolf Group first began in 2012 when Lindex started using the fluorocarbon-free water-repellant finishing Bionic-Finish Eco in their outerwear range for kids.

“Lindex and Rudolf Group checks the production processes together and organises clarifying discussions between all involved parties including suppliers and textile mills,” said Sabine Jahn, pull marketing manager at Rudolf.

Today, Bionic-Finish Eco is used as finish in Lindex’s entire outerwear range and its next goal is to ensure that its suppliers completely phase out the use of PFCs, even for other brands.

“We are proud to be one of the first fashion brands to have banned and phased out PFCs and it is great to see other brands too are following and we look forward to see it become industry standard,” Hall noted. (AR)

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