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MILAN - The European Union's (EU) proposed ban on PFAS chemistry is facing serious push-back from the textile technology industry over fears it could inadvertently scupper the environmental goals of the European Green Deal.

At the recent ITMA in Milan, textile dyeing machine suppliers were touting the environmental credentials of their latest resource saving low-liquor ratio dyeing technology, where the latest machines can now dye fabrics at ultra-low ratios between the amount of water used and the weight of the fabric being dyed.

To get down to ultra-low liquor ratios of 1:2 that can save huge amounts of water, energy, steam and chemicals during dyeing – many technology providers use PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) coatings on components inside their machines. 

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