Earth Day Every Day Action #3: Information about Popular Sportswear with Toxic PFAs

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  • New PFAS Scorecard for Popular Apparel Brands: Levi Strauss Earns an ‘A+’, Outdoor Brands Fail | NRDC

    April 06, 2022

    Columbia Sportswear, REI, Wolverine Worldwide (parent company of Wolverine and Merrell), and others received “F”s….We need to hold multibillion dollar outdoor brands like Columbia accountable for exacerbating the PFAS crisis.” – Sujatha Bergen, Director, Health Campaigns, NRDC“Many companies fail to label PFAS use in their products as well as use outdated definitions and misleading terminology in their commitments around PFAS that are inconsistent with the majority of the international and scientific communities….PIRG Education FundAdditional Resources:New Scorecard Ranks Fashion Brands on Efforts to Remove PFAS (April 2022)A Review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textile Sector (May 2021)PFAS Factsheet (March 2022)Sign the PFAS-Free Apparel Pledge (March 2022)The Scientific Basis for Managing PFAS as a Chemical Class (June 2020)PFAS-Free Products###NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists.

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The clothes we wear shouldn’t make us sick. NRDC’s new PFAS scorecard gives Columbia Sportswear an F for continuing to use this toxic chemical – and we’re calling on them to stop!

PFAS are a family of approximately 12,000 dangerous synthetic chemicals used to make clothes water- and stain-resistant, and are often called “forever chemicals” because they are extremely resistant to breakdown.

But when those same clothes are made, washed, or disposed of, these chemicals contaminate our environment and drinking water, and can build up in our bodies causing severe health problems like cancer and thyroid disease, and even reduced response to vaccines.

While many leading apparel brands are reducing their use of PFAS, Columbia Sportswear is not, and we’re building a massive public pressure campaign against the retailer urging an end to the use of PFAS in their clothing! Together, with your voice as a consumer, Columbia will have no choice but to listen!

Tell Columbia Sportswear CEO Timothy Boyle to end the use of highly toxic PFAS chemicals in the company’s products!
When you take action you’ll become a member of NRDC’s Activist Network. We will keep you informed with the latest alerts and progress reports.

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