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The clothes we wear shouldn't make us sick. NRDC's new PFAS scorecard gives Columbia Sportswear an F for continuing to use this toxic chemical – and we're calling on them to stop!
PFAS are a family of approximately 12,000 dangerous synthetic chemicals used to make clothes water- and stain-resistant, and are often called "forever chemicals" because they are extremely resistant to breakdown.
But when those same clothes are made, washed, or disposed of, these chemicals contaminate our environment and drinking water, and can build up in our bodies causing severe health problems like cancer and thyroid disease, and even reduced response to vaccines.
While many leading apparel brands are reducing their use of PFAS, Columbia Sportswear is not, and we're building a massive public pressure campaign against the retailer urging an end to the use of PFAS in their clothing! Together, with your voice as a consumer, Columbia will have no choice but to listen!
Sign the petition with NRDC and tell Columbia Sportswear CEO Timothy Boyle to end the use of highly toxic PFAS chemicals in the company's products!
Your message will be sent to:
Timothy Boyle, CEO
Dear CEO Timothy Boyle:
As a consumer, I strongly urge you to reconsider your use of harmful PFAS chemicals in Columbia Sportswear products. NRDC's recent PFAS scorecard of clothing retailers gave Columbia an F for its failure to act.
Toxic PFAS chemicals are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, thyroid disease, and resistance to vaccines. And when clothes with PFAS are made, washed, or disposed of, the chemicals seep into our waterways, contaminating drinking water, and build up into our bodies -- for years or even decades to come.
Other leading apparel brands are reducing their use of PFAS in their clothing products. Now, Columbia Sportswear must immediately end its use of PFAS chemicals to protect our health and environment. Until then, I will stand with NRDC in building public pressure for change within your company.