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      PFAS

       

      WHAT ARE HIGHLY FLUORINATED CHEMICALS - PFAS?

      Highly fluorinated chemicals, often referred to as PFASs (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), are a group of chemicals containing carbon-fluorine bonds deemed

      "Forever Chemicals". In this class of chemicals there are PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) , PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and more than 3,000 related compounds.

      The function of highly fluorinated chemicals is to give the material oil, heat, stain, and water-repellent properties. Within the furniture and bedding industry these chemicals are mainly used as surface treatment on mattresses and textiles to waterproof and prevent staining .

       

      WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH CONCERNS?

      Highly fluorinated chemicals are bio accumulative and persistent substances, which means that they don’t break down but instead will remain in the environment .

      Some of the highly fluorinated chemicals are linked to a wide range of health problems such as cancer, hormone disruption, reduced fertility and impacts on the immune system - https://chemtrust.org/furniture/

       

      ARE COTTONSAFE® TREATING PRODUCTS WITH PFAS?

      No. Cottonsafe® do not treat any products with any chemical treatments at all, including highly fluorinated chemicals. Not now, not ever.

      We are proud to be Stockholm Convention Compliant and are determined to lead the industry to a safer, honest and more eco-conscious future.