poly-fluoroalkyl substances - PFAS
In 2021, Maine passed the first PFAS ban and was soon followed by California. These bans put pressure on the environmental image of several popular outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturers. It will be decades before the last bolts of PFAS laden microplastic performance fabrics and water-repellant coatings are no longer packed for hiking, surfing, and remote extreme excursions.
The PFAS bans in food are becoming widespread as well with petitions to the FDA in the United States in June 2021