Through a new technology, which MAVIG uses in the production of the outer materials “ComforTex HPMF”, “ComforTex HPMF Hybrid” and “ComforTex HPMF Duplex” for your X-ray protective clothing, the use of fluorinated chemicals is completely eliminated. As a result, the product remains free of hazardous PFCs (per- and polyfluorinated chemicals, also known as fluorocarbons) at all stages of its product life cycle.
The group of substances known as PFCs comprises more than 3,000 different substances. Since the 1970s, these have been the substances of choice in textile manufacturing to achieve product properties such as hydrophobicity, oil and dirt repellency. On the other side, PFCs have negative effects. These include high persistence as well as bioaccumulation and toxicity. This affects both the environment and the health. Therefore, MAVIG has already reacted before the EU bans some of the chemical substances classified as PFCs and researched high-performance substitutes for the finishing and coating of our ComforTex variants.
Since 2020, all MAVIG textiles have been free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), one of the chemicals categorized as PFCs, and since 2021, the use of any fluorocarbons has been completely eliminated.