A PFAS Update from TVF

Jan 13, 2023 | News

TVF Taking Proactive Approach in Upcoming ‘Forever Chemical’ Bans

Consumers, regulators, and lawmakers throughout the world are making it clear: the tide against perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has turned. In response, international fabric supplier TVF is taking action by phasing out our sale of all materials containing the substances known as “forever chemicals.” By the end of 2024, TVF’s goal is to offer PFAS-free versions of our entire assortment.

“TVF’s core values include a call to always improve,” says TVF President Tad Calahan, “and this initiative to phase out our sale of PFAS-containing goods falls heavily in this category. These ‘forever chemicals’ have been around since the 1940s, but information we’ve learned in recent years shows that it just makes sense to get to PFAS-free promptly and prudently.”

Customers who wish to make the switch now or in the future to PFAS-free textiles can talk with TVF team members about alternatives to the products they’re currently using. TVF has already initiated the phase out of all current inventory that contains PFAS, as it works toward the goal of going PFAS-free.

“TVF serves as an extension of our customers’ business and we’re here to help them confidently navigate the PFAS landscape over the coming years to ensure they’ll be in compliance,” Calahan adds. “We’re striving to do our part to be good stewards of our world, and that includes sharing what we know as we go.”

As of January 1, the state of Maine is requiring written disclosure of products intentionally containing PFAS to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Colorado is set to ban PFAS-containing products January 1, 2024 and California is slated to follow suit January 1, 2025. Maine will join Colorado, California, and states like New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington that will outright ban the sales of certain products using PFAS in those states the coming years.

PFAS are durable, synthetic fluorocarbons that can build up in humans, animals, and the environment and take a very long time to decompose. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says peer-reviewed scientific studies suggest PFAS exposure at certain level may lead to health concerns including reproductive effects, developmental effects or delays in children, increased cancer risk, and more.