By January 2020, CCA Global’s carpet mill partners will eliminate polyfluoroalkyl substances from all stain and soil treatments manufactured in the United States. CCA Global Partners is the parent company of the Carpet One cooperative.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS and GenX. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe. They have been used in the United States since the 1940s.
PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body; they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects.
Many products contain PFAS, including the following:
- Food packaged in PFAS-containing materials, processed with equipment that uses PFAS or grown in PFAS-contaminated soil or water
- Commercial household products such as stain and water repellent fabrics, nonstick products, polishes, waxes, paints and cleaning products
- Industrial facilities that use PFAS
- Drinking water if coming from a specific facility that is near a manufacturer, landfill, wastewater treatment plant or firefighter training facility
- Living organisms including fish, animals and humans where PFAS can build up and persist over time
PFOA is used in the process of manufacturing polymers that can repel stains, keep grease on the inside of fast food wrappers and improve the properties of polishes, paints and hair-care products. In the carpet industry, PFOA is used to repel stains. Many manufacturers in the United States have already begun phasing out its use now that the adverse effects are becoming clear. The carpet industry is following suit, with all U.S. mills used by Hopkins Carpet One eliminating the use of PFAS by the end of this year. However, it is important to note that many consumer goods, including flooring, are still manufactured overseas and may contain PFAS.
PFOAs were part of the stain and soil chemistry in various carpet brands. The drawback here will be less grease stain repellency, which typically is not a huge issue for residential homes. Invista, parent company of Stainmaster carpet fiber, announced they discontinued PFAS in December 2018 with no effect on the performance of the product. In addition, 3M made Scotchgard rug and carpet protector will have new chemistry, effective January 2020, that will contain no PFOAs.
Here at Hopkins Carpet One, we are glad to know our carpet manufacturers in the United States are looking out for our customers’ health and safety by no longer using PFAS. If you have additional questions about these chemicals and their use on carpet, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 952-933-8944, contact us or stop in at our store to visit with a flooring expert. We know you are concerned about your family’s health and safety, and we are too!