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Famous outerwear brands found coated with toxins

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

09:17, November 01, 2012

OUTDOOR wear from many of the world's leading brands is coated with environmentally damaging and hormone-disrupting toxins, the environmental group Greenpeace has warned.

The group tested 14 rain jackets and rain trousers for women and children from 13 top brands, including adidas and Vaude, and found that every sample contained perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a substance within the perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) group, which is used to make clothing water-resistant but can reduce fertility and damage immune systems.

Products from Jack Wolfskin, The North Face, Patagonia, Kaikkialla and Marmot have the highest concentration of PFOA, Greenpeace said in a report published this week.

Of the 14 pieces of clothing, 11 were made in China and three were made in Indonesia, Vietnam and Ukraine.

These man-made chemicals are so stable that they are difficult to remove from the environment. Instead, they reach drinking water, food and ultimately human blood and breast milk from such various sources as manufacturing and household wastewater, dust and the disposal of textiles, Greenpeace said.

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