PFCs (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) are a group of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to our health. These chemicals are found in a wide range of everyday items such as kitchenware, pizza boxes, paper and also textiles like rain jackets. Once released into the environment, they disperse extensively. Scientists have found traces of PFCs in drinking water, air, blood, polar bears and in breast milk. Some PFCs can even have a detrimental effect on reproduction and cause cancer. Harmful fluorocarbons degrade extremely slowly - over several hundred years - if at all.
PFCs are used because of their water, dirt and grease repellent properties and are also used in breathable membranes. PFCs are particularly popular in the outdoor trade as a means for impregnating textiles. Without a water repellent coating, fabrics would soak up water and become heavy and wet.
Harmful perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals - PFCs for short - do not degrade or degrade only with great difficulty and therefore accumulate in humans, animals and plants. PFC's are commonly used in: non-stick coatings, easy care clothing, stain-resistant carpets, and DWR coatings in the outdoor industry.
Deuter has pledged and succeeded to make all of its products fully free from fluorocarbons (PFCs) that are harmful to people and the planet, but without compromising on functionality. This presents a huge challenge for Deuter. For a long time now, there has been no comparable alternative to these harmful chemicals.
It was only when Greenpeace launched its “Detox My Fashion” campaign in 2012 that suppliers and the chemicals industry as a whole started to work on alternative, environmentally friendly ways of making textiles waterproof. To ensure water and dirt repellent performance, Deuter now only uses DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatments that are fully free from PFCs and not harmful to people’s health or the environment. This special kind of coating causes water to bead off the outer surface of textiles and keeps the product dry. By using this method, Deuter has accomplished its goal: