From Aiko Bode, Chief Sustainability Officer Fenix Outdoor AB
“Fjällräven just as the entire Fenix group is seriously dedicated to protecting and keeping our environment – we consider it as one of our biggest responsibilities. We therefore value initiatives, actions and research studies such as the “Chemistry for any weather” survey conducted by Greenpeace.
The fact that Greenpeace found perfluorinated toxins in the Fjällräven Eco-Trail Jacket surprises and shocks us. We have immediately started to take a close look and analyse the issue at hand. For us it is a serious issue, because we do not use any perfluorinated toxins for the durable water repellence of our products. At the moment, we are unable to clearly say how these chemicals found way into the product and where the chemicals could stem from. Our Quality Management Team has already started to track the origin of the contamination. These are the possibilities:
- Parts of the jacket have already been polluted before the production of the
- Perfluorinated toxins have been used in a line in production of other (non-
Fjällräven) garments or the finishing of the garment might have been
contaminated. Residues have polluted the jacket tested by Greenpeace or
even the whole charge.
- Contamination took place during transport or storage.
We will immediately communicate as soon as we have a reliable answer. However, a thorough research may unfortunately take several weeks. Yet I want to point out again that Fjällräven does not use perfluorinated toxins. The amount detected by Greenpeace is very low and we are not the only brand that has been surprised with that shocking result (further contaminated jackets include one jacket by Zimtstern, which has been produced for Greenpeace, as well as a jacket by Vaude).
We are extremely dedicated to quickly clear the case and we have already talked with Greenpeace. We will communicate the findings as soon as we know more!
Update Tuesday 30/10 17:15
We just made a blog post to clarify some things:
- Questions and answers regarding the Greenpeace’s campaign "Chemistry for any weather"