Consumer products are a major diffuse source for chemicals. Our consumption of textiles and clothing is rapidly increasing and so this sector that has a large consumption of chemicals. The use of fluorinated compounds in clothing is due to their excellent water and dirt repellant properties.
The SUPFES project focuses on fluorinated compounds and possible substitutions for these chemicals. The hypothesis of the project is that these consumer products are a major source of the diffuse emissions of persistent fluorinated compounds. Another hypothesis is that there are alternative ways to obtain these functions with less environmental impact.