European committee decides on PFOA restriction

September 18th, 2015

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed proposals by Norway and Germany to restrict the manufacture, marketing and use of PFOA, (pentadecafluorooctanoic acid) its salts and PFOA-related substances, as well as articles and mixtures containing these substances. A byproduct of perfluorocarbons, PFOAs are often used in oil and water-repellent fabrics. The report released September 15 […]

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Norway moves on PFOA sales ban

July 9th, 2014

Norway has become the first European country to introduce legislation that bans the sale of products and textiles containing PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). One of its uses is to make textiles more weather-resistant, but concerns about the chemical’s toxicity have been raised in the textile industry and elsewhere. The report in Ecotextile News says there are […]

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