Gallery: H&M Bans Toxic Perfluorinated Compounds From Clothing Line

H&M, Sweden, toxic chemicals, perfluorinated compounds, PFCs, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

H&M is putting the kibosh on perfluorinated compounds, a class of industrial chemicals used primarily to repel water and oil in outerwear. The Swedish apparel label says it has developed an alternative that “fulfills [its] demands on water repellence and has good environmental and health properties.” Although perfluorinated acids have been incorporated into many brand-name chemicals since World War II, scientists are concerned that the same properties that make them attractive to industry, such as chemical stability and resistance to high temperatures, may have serious effects on human health and the environment.

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