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OrganoClick partakes in ecological project for PFAS
Nov '16
OrganoClick, a Swedish company that develops functional materials based on environmentally friendly fibre chemistry, is participating in a project phasing out PFAS (POPFAS), for phasing out bioaccumulating and potentially hazardous per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) by developing competitive alternatives with reduced environmental footprint.

Other project partners include H&M HENNES & MAURITZ GBC AB, Billerud Korsnäs AB, and SP Swerea.

Today PFAS are present in significant amounts in surface water in many places all over Sweden. Recently, PFAS has been suggested to be the next environmental threat in the same magnitude as PCB or DDT. PFAS have been used for decades in a wide range of applications such as firefighting foams, textile impregnation, food packaging and cosmetics due to their versatile characteristics. Despite this, regulations are currently limited to perfluorooctane-based compounds, largely due to lack of competitive alternatives. One of the alternative in use is the still un-regulated shorter chain PFAS, whose health and environmental impact is still unknown.

In this project, a transdisciplinary consortium is set to perform a gap analysis of fluorine-free alternatives and gather information of their health and environmental impact to identify the most promising alternatives. Communication channels, such as websites or social media, will be established to educate manufacturers and consumers and aid them in making educated choices. A life cycle perspective will be taken in the project and water purification and waste streams will be considered. By pushing the development of alternative solutions, this project will facilitate the implementation of new policies and regulations. New technical solutions will contribute to decreased environmental impact, secure pure drinking water and competitive Swedish industrial partners. The project is funded by Vinnova and is executed from November 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

OrganoClick has researched and developed PFAS-free alternatives for textiles for over 10 years. It has contributed with 'know-how' in projects with many eminent partners, to achieve sustainable industrial development with reduced environmental impact. (GK)

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