School uniforms in North America linked to PFAS “forever chemicals”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A study of school uniforms in the US and Canada reveals high levels of so-called ‘forever chemicals’. The chemicals, known as PFAS, are used to make clothing resistant to stains or water but they have been linked to asthma, obesity and fertility issues. Researchers found that uniforms made with 100% cotton showed higher levels than synthetic materials. Exposing children to these chemicals may increase the long-term health risk, the scientists believe. The issue is less of a concern in the UK because almost all retailers’ own brand uniforms are PFAS free, say campaigners. From fire-fighting foams to food packaging and textiles, PFAS chemicals are widely used because of their non-stick and water-resistant properties. But researchers have long been concerned about these chemicals (known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), because they don’t break down under normal environmental conditions.” (09/21/22)