Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have submitted an intention to restrict the manufacture, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS, better known as the ‘ forever-chemical’ is used by, amongst others, some of the yarn producers for synthetic turf. The material assists in a better through-flow of the yarn.
PFAS are a cause of concern as the material doesn’t degenerate naturally in the environment. PFAS are being picked up easily when soil is analyzed for pollution. This has forced projects around the world to come to a standstill or to make alternative arrangements, often at a higher cost.
As PFAS are being used in 1000s of household products, the five countries aim for ending the use of the material and, thereby, arresting the pollution it causes.
The five countries have launched a survey on PFAS and their alternatives and are looking for more information for the intended restriction. The deadline for comments is 19 September 2021.
A regulatory management option analysis conclusion document (RMOA) is also available on the website of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).