Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Stain-Repellent Fabrics and Fluorotechnology (PFAS)

Q: What is the definition of Fluorotechnology treatment and why is it important?

A: Fluorotechnology, often referred to as fluorinated chemicals and per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is a diverse group of chemistries characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Because of this strong bond, Fluorotechnology provides resilience and durability. Fluorotechnology provides the protection against oils and other stains that other technologies cannot provide. These properties are critical to the performance of many important products that industry and consumers rely on every day. Products such as carpets, food packaging, apparel, automobiles, and cellphones all rely on Fluorotechnology to give them the performance the consumer desires. They help make products last longer.

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Fluorotechnology 101

FluoroTechnology is the use of fluorine chemistry to create any fluorinated product.  When fluorine and carbon atoms combine, they create a powerful chemical bond.  The use and manipulation of this bond gives FluoroTechnology its distinct properties of strength, durability, heat-resistance and stability.  These properties are critical to the reliable and safe function for a myriad of products that industry and consumers rely on every day.

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California’s Prop 65 Labeling Rule Changes to Take Effect in August 2018

“The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986,” more commonly known as Proposition 65, was approved by almost two-thirds of California voters in 1986 in a direct voter initiative.  It became law in California to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that may cause cancer (carcinogens) and birth defects (teratogens), and to regulate exposures to chemicals by requiring warnings in advance of those exposures.  Significant changes to the warning provision are scheduled to become effective in the summer of 2018.

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