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New York Senate bans PFAS chemicals in clothes

The New York State Senate recently passed a bill banning the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which means “forever chemicals” in apparel.

New York Senate bans PFAS chemicals in clothes
Figure: The New York State Senate recently passed a bill banning the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which means “forever chemicals” in apparel.

Earlier, a bill was passed in 2020. Basically, this bill focuses on ‘intentionally adding chemicals’ or serving purposeful work on the product.

Last year the bill introduced, now is backed by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and state Senator Brad Hoylman.

The legislature voted to approve the bill, and now it is up to Governor Kathy Hochul to approve or reject the bill. And the bills will effective from December 31, 2023.

In a letter to the New York State legislature earlier this month, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) vied for consideration of January 1, 2027.

According to AAFA president and chief executive officer Stephen Lamar, “Collectively we support responsible regulatory requirements that are protective of human health and the environment.”

Also, their members are leading efforts to aggressively phase out the use of intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals with a goal of a complete phase-out by 2027 of intentionally added PFAS chemicals in their products, he added.

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