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Published on Thursday, 06 April 2017

Research raises questions over short chain PFCs

Written by John Mowbray

Water repel textile material –© taviphoto Deposit Photos

CALIFORNIA – US researchers have released study findings which indicate that short-chain fluorinated chemicals actually accumulate in the body for longer – and at higher concentrations – than their long-chain counterparts. The findings come at a time when many apparel brands, particularly those in the outdoor sector, are shifting away from long-chain (C8) chemistry and towards short-chain (C6, C4) alternatives in their fluorinated repellents on the basis that the latter represents a more environmentally benign option.