Environmental and Health Considerations for Stain-Resistant Fabric

Speaker: Hardy Sullivan
Presentation Title: Environmental and Health Considerations for Stain-Resistant Fabric

Abstract
Spill- and stain-resistant finishes impart useful properties to many types of fabric. In the case of upholstery, stain-resistance extends the useful life of fabric, reducing the need to produce replacements and improving customer satisfaction. However, apparel and home furnishing companies selling these fabrics are under attack from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Greenpeace. These organizations claim these products are “linked” to persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic fluorinated chemistries found in the environment, namely PFOS and PFOA. The objective of this presentation is to review the criticisms from NGOs and shed light on ways fluorinated repellents actually reduce manufacturers’ environmental footprint. Considerations include health, environmental contamination, product performance, and customer satisfaction.