1929 masks are PFC-free
You’ve heard about 1929’s masks being breathable, water-repellent and anti-microbial, but you may not know that they are also free of perfluorochemicals (PFCs), a chemical that is commonly found in textiles to make them waterproof.
PFCs are man-made chemicals that are resistant to heat and water, making them widely used in consumer products such as carpets, clothing, reusable masks, and many more. Although they prolong a product’s life, long-term exposure to PFCs impacts our health and the environment.
There is growing concern in the United States about the toxicity of some PFCs. U.S. chemical and clothing companies are working together to find alternative substances which offer the same benefits without the risks.
The concern is particularly felt among companies that make outdoor apparel such as ski and hiking jackets and pants which often use PFCs to make them durable and resistant to water, grease, soil and other stains, while allowing the fabric to remain flexible and breathable.
How do PFCs affect us?
PFCs are easily absorbed into our bodies through breathing and consuming food, and their stable nature means they take a longer time to break down. So, it comes as no surprise that most people have detectable levels of these toxic chemicals in their system.
Studies have shown that PFCs can affect pregnancy and fetal development. Exposure to high levels of PFCs has also been linked to the increased risk of certain cancers, as well as high cholesterol and hypertension.
With growing awareness about the harmful effects of these chemicals, more countries are looking to ban PFCs.
1929 Masks are completely PFC-free!
We’re committed to protecting the health and safety of all our customers, so rest assured that our masks have undergone stringent tests at international laboratories for chemical safety and have been found to be free of PFCs.
We've played our part in ensuring the safety of our masks, so remember to do yours and wash your masks after every use. Check out our short video on how to care for your masks!