Environmental Project, 1013, 2005

More environmentally friendly alternatives to PFOS-compounds and PFOA


Perfluoroctanesulphonate (PFOS) and related substances are used in several industrial and consumer products due to their ability to repel both water and oil. PFOA are found as an impurity. The substances are very persistent and found widespread in the environment. Perfluorinated substances have negative effects on a.o. the liver and can have endocrine disrupting effects. The use of PFOS and PFOA and related substances in Denmark and other countries is described, and likewise the use of alternatives is described. The environmen- tally as well as the effects on health for PFOS, PFOA, and related substances and the alternatives are evaluated.

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