Wazoodle Seal of Confidence
Dear <<First Name>>,
We wanted to let you know that because of recent findings of PFAS found in women's underwear (not made using our fabrics) we re-assessed all our manufacturing processes and suppliers of raw materials to re-assure PFOS and PFOA products are not used in the manufacture of our fabrics. None of our fabric brands use PFOS or PFOA either in their manufacture or finishing.
So, what are PFAS and PFOA?
PFAS are Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, these include perfluoro octane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and others. These fluorinated compounds are used in a wide variety of consumer goods including stain resistant upholstery & carpets, nonstick cookware, paints, coatings and many more goods.
PFAS in textiles?
In the Textile industry the water and stain repellant finishes used on fabrics were made using PFOS and PFOA. This included the well-known brands like ScotchGuard by 3M and Teflon by Dupont. As part of the PFOA Stewardship program companies like Dupont and 3M committed to eliminate the use of PFOA and developed newer technologies. We have been following the developments since 2010.
We are very conscious of the health, safety and environmental impacts of chemicals used in the manufacture of our fabrics. The effects of these chemicals on the environment were of great concern, because they are said to be non-degradable and can be extremely harmful to people and the environment. There are potential health and safety concerns with both PFOS and PFOA. Both are toxic and PFOA has been identified by risk assessment studies as being consistent with the category of a “likely carcinogen.
It is considered that all the PFAS produced are virtually indestructible, we cannot help with what has been done in the past, but we can do our little bit by keeping our fabrics free from them.