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California Restricts PFAS Use in Textiles


Time:

2022-09-27

On September 1, 2022, California issued Act AB 1817, which aims to add Chapter 13.5 to Section 104, Part 3 of the California Health and Safety Act, the main content of which is to prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of PFAS-containing Textiles, which will be implemented from January 1, 2025.

On September 1, 2022, California issued Act AB 1817, which aims to add Chapter 13.5 to Section 104, Part 3 of the California Health and Safety Act, the main content of which is to prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of PFAS-containing textile.

The Act will take effect on January 1, 2025, and the details are as follows:

 

Scope

"Textiles" refers to the types of textiles commonly used in homes and businesses, including but not limited to clothing, accessories, handbags, backpacks, curtains, shower curtains, furniture, upholstery, bedding, towels, napkins and tablecloths, among others.

 

Textiles do not include:

1. Carpets and PFAS-containing treatments for processing textiles or leather;

2. Components of vehicles, ships and aircraft;

3. Filtration media and filtration products used in industrial applications, including but not limited to chemical, pharmaceutical, and environmental control technologies;

4. Textiles for laboratory analysis and testing;

5. Stadium awnings or other architectural fabric structures.

 

Require

Any of the following is prohibited:

1. Intentionally adding PFAS to textiles;

2. The total amount of organic fluorine in textiles is higher than: (1) 100 ppm, from January 1, 2025, (2) 50 ppm, from January 1, 2027.

 

Exempt

From January 1, 2025, if the outdoor clothing used in severe wet conditions is accompanied by a PFAS information disclosure and a "Made with PFAS chemicals" statement, it can be sold until January 2028 1st.

 

 

Current California bills, AB 1200 and AB 652, require the distribution, sale, or supply of food packaging and juvenile products containing regulated perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to be prohibited effective January 1, 2023 , and additionally require manufacturers to use less toxic alternatives when replacing PFAS in food packaging. Combined with the new requirements of the bill, the California Health and Safety Act would limit the use of PFAS in three categories of products.

 

About PFAS

PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) refers to perfluorinated or polyfluoroalkyl compounds, which are widely used in various consumer goods and industrial applications due to their unique physical and chemical properties, including oil resistance, water resistance, high temperature resistance and chemical resistance, etc. middle. PFAS are persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in organisms and cause lasting damage to humans and the environment. Studies have found a link between PFAS and many diseases.

PFAS contains nearly 5,000 industrially produced chemical substances, such as PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFCAs, etc., all belong to PFAS.

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