The main obstacle to overcome when phasing out PFAS from our materials is the excellent performance of PFAS. There is still no alternative chemistry that can supply as low surface tension as PFAS can do, which means we still cannot provide fabrics that are PFAS-free and at the same time oil repellent. For workwear fabrics that are often exposed to oil and dirt, we will be dependent on PFAS for a bit longer.


For other fabrics, where water repellency is more important than oil repellency, we have seen alternatives on the market for a few years. The challenge here has rather been the durability of the treatment. The 1st and 2nd generations of PFAS-free treatments were performing well in initial performance tests, but the treatments were not durable enough for either washing or extended wear. We are not compromising on quality, so whilst our R&D efforts carry on, we will continue to use PFAS chemistry if it’s the only solution viable to meet our performance needs. We have over 70% of our sports apparel in PFAS-free DWR and we aim to have a 100% PFAS-free inline collection by 2023.