Here are some of the bad consequences of PFAS in waterproof clothing, supported by reliable sources:
PFAS are persistent chemicals, meaning they don't break down easily and can remain in the environment for a long time. They have been found in water bodies, soil, and even in wildlife worldwide (Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS). Moreover, the production and use of PFAS in /water-repellent and waterproof clothing contribute to their release into the environment during manufacturing and disposal, leading to widespread contamination.
Bioaccumulation in Wildlife
PFAS can accumulate in the tissues of living organisms, leading to bioaccumulation and biomagnification in the food chain. This process can have harmful effects on wildlife, disrupting their endocrine systems and causing reproductive issues. (Source: Environmental Science & Technology Letters - ACS Publications). Aquatic animals, in particular, are at risk of PFAS contamination due to their exposure to contaminated water. This contamination can then pass on to humans who consume seafood.
PFAS exposure has been linked to various health issues, including liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, developmental delays in children, and an increased risk of certain cancers. (Source: Environmental Working Group - EWG). The chemicals in waterproof clothing can leach into the skin, leading to potential health risks for individuals who wear them regularly. (Source: Green Science Policy Institute - Green Science Policy Institute)