HAGLÖFS stops selling boot after GREENPEACE Report
Text: Anna Plaszczyk, photos: press release
3 February 2016
Haglöfs withdraws its hiking boot Grym from the stores based on the background that Greenpeace, in a review of outdoor products, found high levels of the fluorocarbon PFOA in the boot. Fluorocarbons is a group of chemicals that are used to make products water and dirt repellent. The concentration of the fluorocarbon PFOA was higher than the allowed limits in Norway.
- We are grateful that Greenpeace has drawn our attention to the fact that our boot contains a high amount of the fluorocarbon PFOA, which neither we nor the Norwegian law accept, said Lennart Ekberg, Sustainability Director at Haglöfs. Today Haglöfs use other, less environmentally damaging fluorocarbons in the products with extremely high water repellency requirements. For other products, where the demand for water repellency is not as important, Haglöfs use fluorocarbon-free alternatives.
- We are working to fully eliminate the use of fluorocarbons in our products. But so far we lack a safe and functional alternative when there is an extreme demand for water repellency, said Lennart Ekberg. The Greenpeace review covered 40 outdoor products from eleven renowned brands. In only four of the tested products no concentrations of fluorocarbons were found. Norway is so far the only country that has set a limit for the use of the fluorocarbon PFOA, which was found in the boot Grym.
Haglöfs is a member of bluesign, an international standard which, among other things, aim to reduce and replace all the chemicals that are potentially hazardous to health and the environment. Haglöfs is also participating in an EU funded research project, SUPFES, which has the mission to develop effective fluorocarbon-free waterproofing.