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Published on Monday, 15 April 2013

Jack Wolfskin backs legislation on PFCs

Written by John Mowbray

jwIDSTEIN - EU legislation to outlaw the use of PFCs in textile coatings would be the best way to handle the thorny issue of Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) for the whole textile industry – that’s the verdict of Jack Wolfskin chief operating officer, Christian Brandt. Talking exclusively to Ecotextile News, Brandt also said that policy makers must look beyond the textile industry when tackling PFCs. “I do not see that such a regulation can only be imposed on the textile industry, which by the way plays only a minor role in PFC emissions,” he said. “This must cover all relevant industries.”

In a wide ranging interview, Brandt also discussed the controversial recent German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) study which found trace levels of potentially harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in clothing from over a dozen well-known brands. Major question marks have since been raised about the UBA’s findings. Brandt talked of the challenges of controlling chemical substances in a single company throughout the full production chain.

He also discussed Jack Wolfkin’s broader sustainable textile aims, including ZDHC commitments to 2020 and plans to phase out C8 chemistry. To read the whole interview, please click here to subscribe to Ecotextile News.