GREENPEACE TARGETS MAMMUT
Greenpeace activists from six countries have set up a conference table at Mammut HQ in Seon, Switzerland, inviting CEO, Rolf Schmid, to make a commitment to eliminate all toxic chemicals from their supply chain and products..
And, on their website, Greenpeace are calling for supporters to sign a petition and email both Mammut and The North Face to insist they stop using toxic chemicals in production.
Julia Bangerter, head of the Detox campaign at Greenpeace Switzerland, said:
'Over 130,000 outdoor enthusiasts from around the world have written to Mammut asking them to get rid of PFCs, and hundreds of Greenpeace volunteers have visited shops all over Europe and in Asia to demand change. However, they haven't responded, so Greenpeace activists have brought a negotiating table to CEO, Rolf Schmid to ask Mammut to become a true Detox leader in the outdoor industry and take responsibility for how their actions impact the environment and human health. PFCs have no place in nature, food or drinking water, and really don’t suit a company that claims to live ‘by and for nature.'
On its website, Mammut promises to use PFCs ‘critically and only when absolutely necessary’. A Greenpeace Germany product testing report released in January showed a high concentration of toxic, long-chain PFOAs in a pair of Mammut shoes and a backpack. Jackets, trousers, a sleeping bag and a rope by Mammut also contained PFCs.
Many outdoor brands, like Mammut, have started switching from long chain to short chain PFCs, claiming that these are better alternatives. But recently, more than 200 scientists from 38 countries signed the 'Madrid statement', which recommends avoiding the use of all PFCs -- including short chain -- for the production of consumer products, including textiles. In 2015, Greenpeace conducted expeditions to remote areas and found that PFCs are spread far and wide across the globe. They contaminate drinking water and have even been detected in human blood.
Other companies already manufacture top quality goods for outdoor activities without any PFCs. The UK brand, Pàramo, have committed to Greenpeace's Detox programme, banning all toxic chemicals from its entire line of clothing; proof of the fact that sophisticated technologies that don’t require PFCs already exist.