A new study has found high levels of PFAS in school uniforms. The study, conducted by the University of Exeter, found that uniforms treated with water-repellent finishes contained high levels of the potentially harmful chemicals.
PFAS are a group of over 4,000 chemicals that are used in a variety of industries, including the textile industry. They are known to be harmful to human health, and have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, immune system damage, and developmental problems.
The study found that uniforms treated with water-repellent finishes contained high levels of PFAS. The levels were highest in the collar and cuff areas of the uniforms, which are the areas that come into contact with the skin.
There are no regulations in the UK regarding the use of PFAS in textiles. However, the use of these chemicals is restricted in some countries, including the US and Sweden.
The findings of this study highlight the need for more research into the safety of PFAS, and the need for better regulation of their use in the textile industry.
According to a new study, school uniforms may be exposing children to harmful chemicals.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that school uniforms made with polyester and/or acrylic fabrics contain high levels ofper- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that are used in a variety of products, from non-stick cookware to stain-resistant clothing. They are also found in many other products, including food packaging, carpeting, and upholstery.
PFAS are known to be persistent in the environment and can accumulate in the human body. They have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, hormone disruption, and immune system problems.
The new study tested 40 school uniforms from four different countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan. They found that the uniforms contained high levels of PFAS, with some garments containing up to 180,000 parts per million (ppm) of the chemicals.
In comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) drinking water standards for PFAS are 70 parts per trillion (ppt).
The study’s authors say that these high levels of PFAS in school uniforms are cause for concern, and that more research is needed to understand the health risks posed by these chemicals.
In the meantime, they suggest that parents and guardians check the labels of school uniforms before buying them, and opt for garments made with natural fibers such as cotton or wool.