Greenpeace Switzerland conducted a study on harmful chemicals in outdoor clothing. Of the 17 items it examined, it found per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in all of them.
Greenpeace Switzerland makes particular mention of Mammut gloves, explaining that they have an illegally high concentration of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), a known carcinogen.
“The outdoor industry still advertises itself as being at one with pristine nature. But its clothing contains harmful chemicals, which has been shown around the world. This is especially a problem in manufacturing countries. But even in Switzerland we find per- and polyfluorinated compounds in the environment, drinking water and human blood”, says Mirjam Kopp from the Greenpeace Switzerland chemical campaign.
The environmental organisation points out that alternative products exist that do not contain harmful chemicals, and it is calling on the clothing industry to set concrete targets to phase out harmful chemicals.