Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) encompass a diverse group of human-made chemicals that have garnered significant attention in recent years. PFAS are characterized by their unique chemical structure, consisting of carbon and fluorine atoms, which contribute to their exceptional resistance to heat, water, and oil. These properties have led to the widespread use in various industrial and consumer textile applications. PFAS-treated textiles, such as waterproof jackets and stain-resistant carpets, have become increasingly popular due to their desirable functional attributes; however, concerns have arisen regarding the potential adverse effects of PFAS on human health and the environment.
Navigating a path forward for PFAS in textiles requires collaboration among stakeholders, including researchers, industry professionals, policymakers, and consumer advocacy groups. It involves understanding the potential risks, exploring viable alternatives, and implementing effective policies and regulations. By collectively addressing the challenges associated with PFAS, we can strive towards a more sustainable and responsible approach to textile manufacturing while safeguarding human health and the environment.
Join colleagues from across the industry at the Navigating a Path Forward for PFAS in Textiles conference on July 11-12 to discuss and develop viable solutions for measuring, controlling, replacing, and eliminating PFAS in textiles.
Early registration ends on June 27!
To find out more about the conference, visit www.aatcc.org/aatcc-events/pfas2023/