OIA Priority Issues Brief: DWR

January 22, 2016

Durable Water Repellency (DWR) treatments have long been widely used by the outdoor industry in technical products where getting wet is undesirable or even life-threatening.

Per- and polyfluorinated chemicals, or “PFAS,” are a broad class of chemicals used, among many other applications, in DWR treatments. Certain formulations of PFAS are utilized across the outdoor industry and other industries as treatments for textiles to enhance water, oil and stain/soil repellency.

Concerns have been raised about the possible discharge of PFAS, specifically substances referred to as PFOA and PFOS, because of their persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic properties.

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