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Environmental Issues

Perflurochemicals have been widely used by the textile industry and are as such an organic compound. However certain variations of the compounds proved too large to break down with toxic side effects. 3M’s Scotchgard and Du pont’s Teflon were both treatments based on this chemistry and both companies took the decision in 2000 to voluntary phase out the specific type of C8 PFOS and PFOA flurocarbons in question.

The environmental impact was deemed serious enough for the EPA to legislate the 2010/2015 PFOA stewardship program, which aims to reduce C8 fluorocarbon chemicals by 100% by 2015. The use of fluorocarbonshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorocarbon is still widespread, but these specific compounds, if are not already, continue to be phased out. For these reasons there is a clear drive to move away from fluorocarbon chemistry.