We are committed to the chemical safety of our products. In 2022, we launched our Manufacturing Restricted Substance List, the Kvadrat mRSL. Our goal is to comply with and support the rising regulative restrictions concerning these chemicals, while also committing to our sustainability agenda.
In our ongoing pursuit of chemical safety, we have consistently explored innovative treatment and coating options. We have achieved remarkable results, especially with our outdoor textiles, leading the way in 2018 with the launch of Patio, our first outdoor textile with a fluorocarbon-free finish. Our outdoor collection is a testament to our continuous research into alternatives to conventional chemical substances and treatments.
Building on this commitment, at Kvadrat, we have now taken the decisive step to make all our products completely free from Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) by January 1st, 2024. PFAS are a group of chemicals that resist oils, stains, and water. Known as “forever chemicals”, as they are nearly indestructible and so remain in our environment long after their initial use. PFAS raise chemical safety concerns and are proven to have severe negative environmental effects. Research also proves that PFAS chemicals move relatively quickly through the environment, increasing the risks of contamination. Moreover, exposure to PFAS has been demonstrated to be linked to a wide range of health risks.
Therefore, we will discontinue all products in our offering which use PFAS by December 31st, 2023. While these products are no longer produced, we are able to provide our clients with valid alternatives that are chemically safer and aligned with our sustainability ambitions.