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BRUSSELS – New research has assessed outdoor apparel brands on the work they are doing to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFASs, from their collections. The review, carried out by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), suggests brands such as Jack Wolfskin and Vaude are leading the way while the likes of Patagonia, Bergans and Helly Hanson still have a long way to go on the issue.

PFAS have been receiving increased regulatory attention due to their persistence and toxicological profile, as well as their widespread use and resulting ubiquitous presence in the environment. They are widely known as ‘forever substances’ due to the group of 5,000 substances being toxic, and currently impossible to clean up.

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