We asked you which outdoor clothes and kit to test for dangerous chemicals (PFCs). Votes poured in for cherished brands such as Columbia, Patagonia, Jack Wolfskin, Mamut and Haglöfs, with The North Face topping the charts.
In just two weeks, more than 32,000 nature-lovers from across the globe registered their choices on our campaign website detox-outdoor.org.
Scientists will now examine the 40 most popular products. Gloves, jackets, backpacks and walking shoes will all go under the microscope.
What happens next? Greenpeace buys product samples from stores around the world. Samples are sent to an independent specialised laboratory in Germany where they are tested for PFCs (that’s chemicals of the per- and poly-fluorinated kind). And in January we can reveal which bits of clothing and kit are leaving behind more than just footprints in the great outdoors!
In the meantime, your amazing ideas and creativity will help in brainstorming how to eliminate those nasty toxic PFCs from the nature we love.
The journey is just beginning. We couldn’t have got this far without you. So… please stay tuned!
Mirjam Kopp is a Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace Switzerland.
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