Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that are widely used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products due to their unique properties such as water and oil repellence, thermal stability, and chemical resistance. PFAS can be found in many common products and consumer goods including toothpaste and food packaging.
Accumulation of PFAS in the environment
PFAS are considered persistent, meaning that they do not break down easily in the environment and can accumulate in soil, water and living organisms. There are many different types of PFAS, many of which are already banned by regulators due to known health effects. Other types of PFAS are not known to cause health risks but their accumulation in the environment combined with their persistence has led to a review for possible legislative restrictions.
PFAS-free production by end-2023
PFAS is not used as a material additive nor is it a functionality required in turf products. It is solely used as a processing aid during fiber extrusion improving consistency and reducing energy consumption. Several types of PFAS have already been banned in the USA and EU since the 1980s and these have not been used in turf production since. The PFAS used in turf production is fully compliant with all global regulatory schemes. However, out of an abundance of caution and in recognition of public concerns, we have decided to take proactive steps to transition away from the use of PFAS in our products. This transition will be completed before the end of 2023.
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