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Retailer H&M to Phase out Perfluorinated Compounds

8:15 AM MDT | September 4, 2012 | Ian Young

Leading retailer H & M Hennes & Mauritz (H&M; Stockholm) has banned the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFC) in the company's products. All orders placed on January 1, 2013, or later will be produced without PFCs, the company says. H&M uses PFCs to achieve water repellence, mainly on outerwear garments, as well as on shower curtains and tents. PFCs are "harmful for the environment, for reproduction, and for aquatic organisms," H&M says. The company says it has identified an alternative substance that...

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