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Shoot: DETOX: INVESTIGATION ON OUTDOOR FASHION, BREMEN 2012 - CLIPREEL

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Bremen, September 2012: Weatherproofed clothes from certain outdoor labels contain pollutants that can harm the environment and health. Two independent laboratories, the Bremen Environmental Institute in Bremerhaven and were assigned by Greenpeace to check 14 outdoor articles for women and children for per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) and other pollutants. In items of The North Face, Patagonia, Jack Wolfskin, Kaikkialla and Marmot the health harming perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) was measured in alarming concentrations. High concentrations of fluorotelomer alcohol (FTOH) were found in the jackets of Mammut and Vaude.
With the international campaign detox GP demands from textile producers to substitute risky chemicals with environmental friendly alternatives. PFC was found in coatings or membranes (e.g. Gore-Tex®) of all examined trademark products. The fluorine compounds can hardly be decomposed in the environment and get into the human organism as well via food, air and drinking water. Latest studies establish a link between reduced fertility, thyroid diseases and defects of the immune system. The test results of the hormonally active softening agents (phthalates) and the nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs) are alarming as well: the highest amount of NPE was found in a children’s rain jacket by Seven Summits. The highest amount of phthalates was found in a children’s poncho by Northland.
Also on this video: Shots of Jack Wolfskin, Patagonia, The North Face jackets and Greenpeace jackets
Statements: Manfred Santen, Greenpeace Germany expert on toxics, Ulrike Siemers, deputy director of the Bremen Environmental Institute
Detox: Laboratory Testing of Outdoor clothing at Bremer Environmental Institut in Germany  - Clipreel
29 Oct, 2012
Detox: Laboratory Testing of Outdoor clothing at Bremer Environmental Institut in Germany - Clipreel
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