ORGANOCLICK’S FLUOROCARBON-FREE WATER REPELLENT FABRIC TREATMENT GAINED A RECORD AMOUNT OF INTEREST AT THE ISPO SPORTS PRODUCTS FAIR IN MUNICH Newly returned from the 2016 ISPO sports products fair in Munich, the Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick AB report a record level of interest in the company's product OrganoTex®, which offers a biodegradable and fluorocarbon-free alternative for the water repellent fabric treatment of clothing and shoes. Fluorocarbons, also known as perfluorinated compounds (PFAS or PFC) have been a hot topic in recent years, but following the Greenpeace report last week - and the wide coverage it received in the international media - the debate is now hotter than ever. Fluorocarbons have been used since the 1950s to make clothing and textiles water repellent, but many fluorocarbons, such as PFOA, have significant negative drawbacks including extremely slow degradation in nature and being suspected of causing cancer and hormonal disruption. “Since Norway introduced restrictions for PFOA in consumer products in 2014 the issue has been a hot topic in the textile sector. At the ISPO fair last week we had 300% more visitors to our stand than in 2015 and we are now having tangible discussions with several international clothing brands who want to transition to an entirely fluorocarbon-free water repellent technology by 2017, or by 2020 at the latest,” says Mårten Hellberg, Managing Director (CEO) of OrganoClick AB.
fluorocarbons PFAS DWR PFC polyfluorinated compounds