However, all is not lost. According to Kirsten Brodde - Detox Campaigner at Greenpeace who spoke to fibre2fashion, “Greenpeace has commitments from fast fashion retailers like H&M and M&S that they will phase out all PFCs rapidly. So that means, there are viable solutions available on the market, which should encourage the others to follow in their footsteps”.
Revealing the reasons for demanding a ban on use of PFCs in outdoor clothing, Kirsten says, “We call on textile manufacturers to replace all hazardous production chemicals with safer alternatives. PFCs are among them. There is a strong scientific case to replace chemicals, such as PFOA ("C8 PFC”) as it is persistent, bio-accumulative and is not biodegradable; it is present in the environment and can even be found in remote areas like the Arctic and builds up in organisms”.
She adds, “Moreover it is present in blood samples worldwide and known as a hormone (endocrine) disruptor what makes it harmful to reproduction, it is likely to be carcinogenic in humans and responsible for reduced immune response. With continuous use, they will further spread in the environment.
“There are no safe levels for them, they are intrinsically hazardous and should be eliminated completely by the textile industry. An outdoor clothing industry that draws a picture of itself as being green should stay out of the use of all hazardous chemicals and not try to monitor them and slow down the process of elimination”.
On the means, it is using to convince brands to disown PFCs, she informs. “Greenpeace wants brands to act on prevention and precaution and ban all PFCs. Greenpeace asks brands not to wait until regulation forbids them to use these hazardous chemicals. We demand brands adopt the precautionary principle, which means taking preventive action rather than stalling and disputing indications of a chemical’s danger to the environment.
“If there is an indication of their danger, than they should stop using them. For instance, M&S is a good precedent as they have publicly acknowledged that all PFC use must be rapidly eliminated. This is the sort of action we need, they they will phase out all PFCs. In parallel, we are also calling on governments for a much stringent regulation on PFCs and a possible ban”, she concluded by saying.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India
| On 18th May 2021
The Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee of the US...
China's textile industry showed strong performance in the first...
| On 18th May 2021
Over 280,000 employees in Ireland’s retail sector returned to work as ...
The pandemic has reinstated need for organised retail spaces in Tier II...
One thing is certain, online sales will go up
Blockchain is not a silver bullet for each and every problem in supply...
In the financial hub of eastern India, Kolkata, a humble production...
Dhirubhai & Arvind Shah
It supplies synthetic fabrics to top international brands like M&S,...
The Riri Group is a one-stop supplier of metal accessories for the luxury...
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of ...
<div>RocketLife, an award-winning developer of breakthrough visual...
Alexium International is a specialty chemical development company...
Twee In One
Best known for convertible clothing, Indian brand Twee In One by designer...
Anjali Bhaskar has an experience of 12 years in the fashion industry. She...
Vidur Adlakha & Riccardo Bennidini
With an active presence in US, Italy and India, clothing brand La Fuori...
Letter to Editor
Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.
Subscribe today and get the latest information on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel.