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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 78:
September 2023

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Fast track: seamless knitting continues to shape the sports shoe market (13 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, September 2023 (19 pages)
Textile and clothing brands face pressure to innovate as legislation builds against the use of PFASs, or "forever chemicals" (52 pages)
Profile of Polartec: a pioneer in synthetic fleece materials and innovator in performance fabrics for the textile and clothing industry (30 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, September 2023 (14 pages)

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Textile and clothing brands face pressure to innovate as legislation builds against the use of PFASs, or "forever chemicals"

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as "forever chemicals", are a family of synthetic fluorinated compounds which are prized for their unique characteristics. In textiles and clothing, they are most commonly used in the manufacture of durable water repellent (DWR) finishes, treatments and membranes for a broad range of applications, including accessories, automotive interiors, footwear, home textiles, performance apparel, performance equipment and technical textiles. However, PFASs are drawing attention because of the damaging impact they have on the environment and human health. In particular, they persist in the environment and have been shown to be bioaccumulative, highly mobile and toxic. As scientific evidence demonstrating the adverse effects of PFASs on the environment and human health increases, lawmakers worldwide are strengthening existing regulations or proposing new regulations in order to eliminate PFASs. For textiles and apparel brands, a major challenge lies in understanding the impact of forthcoming regulations. A larger challenge lies in the development of alternative substances which comply with current and forthcoming regulations while offering the same levels of performance as PFASs.

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    INTRODUCTION

  • Applications for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
  • Leading producers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and fluoropolymers
    • The leading five players
  • Markets for fluorinated compounds and fluorochemicals
  • ROLE OF PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFASs) IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING

  • Role of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in developing the performance apparel and equipment market
  • WHY PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFASs) ARE A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

  • Channels for the release of PFASs into the environment
  • Studies observing the effects of PFASs
  • Alternatives to PFASs which have been identified as harmful
  • REGULATION OF PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFASs)

  • Regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) by country and region
    • Canada
    • China
    • EU
    • UK
    • USA
    • US state-wide legislation
    • California, USA
    • Maine, USA
    • Michigan, USA
    • New York, USA
    • Washington, USA
    • Other US states

    RESPONSES OF BRANDS TO THE REGULATION OF PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFASs)

    INNOVATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVES TO PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFASs)

  • Alternative chemistries to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
  • Alternative durable water repellent (DWR) finishes and treatments
    • 3XDRY Bio: Schoeller Textil
    • Altopel F3: Bolger & O'Hearn
    • ecorepel: Schoeller Textil
    • Nanotex Aquapel: Nanotex
    • Shell-Tech: Bolger & O'Hearn
    • Smartrepel Hydro: Archroma
  • Alternative durable water repellent (DWR) membranes
    • dimpora eco pur membrane: dimpora
    • Gore-Tex ePE: W L Gore & Associates
    • sane membrane: dimpora
  • Other alternative materials
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    Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides intelligence, expert analysis and insight on the performance apparel industry.

    Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing markets in the global textile and clothing industry--and market growth is being fuelled by an emergence of new fibres, fabrics and innovative materials. The market's growth prospects are also being spurred by increasing demand for performance properties in mainstream fashion.
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