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31/10/12
Statement Marmot: PFC in outdoor products
As a responsible brand, Marmot is committed to high standards of consumer, environmental, and worker safety.
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We therefore welcome the "Detox“-campaign which was launched by Greenpeace recently. It aims at eliminating harmful chemicals from the textile production process, which are also used in water- and oil-repellent styles produced by the outdoor industry. We support this initiative as together with other partners from the outdoor industry we have been working on this topic for many years.

PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) are a class of chemical substances that belong to the larger family known as fluorinated chemicals. These fluoro-organic compounds are used in the textile finishing of outdoor clothing, sleeping bags, tents and shoes. With their water, dirt and oil repellent effect they guarantee the high performance of outdoor products. The substances applied to the surface of the exterior fabrics pose no health risk to consumers when they use the products. Marmot's aim is to guarantee the functionality and performance of its products which need to ensure safety and protection in the most extreme regions and conditions. Based on current research results, the PFC free alternatives for DWR currently available do not offer the same functionality with regard to the repelling of water, oil or dirt.

Some PFCs can break down to form long-chain perfluorinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS. These substances pose a risk both to people and the environment. They accumulate in the environment and via the food chain in the human body and are not biodegradable, or are only biodegradable to a very limited extent.

PFOS, which is legally restricted by the European Union, is already eliminated from the clothing production process.

Marmot is currently replacing its range of water repellent products by using C6 fluorocarbon instead of to C8 fluorocarbon. C6 does not breakdown into PFOA and is the safest alternative for the environment. Until new technology is developed, C6 is the best, most environmentally friendly DWR available without PFOA. For Spring 2013 we will have adopted the C6 DWR finish in over 65% of our styles that need DWR treatment. Our goal is to increase this percentage significantly until 2014.

At the same time, we are aware that this can only be a first step. Therefore, Marmot together with other partners from the outdoor industry supports the research on completely new, environmental water repellent technologies.


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