popfree project

Here you will find the latest news about the POPFREE project.

2019-05-16 Invitation to workshop: Substitution of problematic chemicals in hairdressing products Stockholm, 27th May.
Concerned about siloxanes, preservatives and/or other problematic chemicals in hairdressing/care products? Join us during this 1-day workshop and meet stakeholders along the value chain to discuss common challenges and jointly look for new solutions. Learn more here.

2019-05-08 At the Swedish Authority-Textile Industry dialogue meeting, POPFREE as well as researchers from SUPFES were presenting. Please find inclosed material sent out by the Swedish EPAPDF iconTill dig som verkar inom värdekedjan textil.pdf (185.14 KB).

 2019-05-08 Welcome to SUPFES researcher Steffen Schellenberger’s PhD defence on the 13th of June at 13:00 in Stockholm University, DeGeersalen, 2nd floor, Svante Arrhenius väg 8-12. 

The missing links Towards an Informed Substitution of Durable Water Repellent Chemicals for Textiles

2019-04-26 Course: Colloid Chemistry and Colloidal Dispersions, Stockholm, 21-23 May 2019. Last chance to register!

Don´t miss the opportunity to join us for the first of our training courses in applied colloid, surface and formulation science this year! The 3-day course is intended for industrialists, researchers and students working with development and formulation of any colloidal system, be it paints, coatings, ceramics, food or pharmaceutical. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental and practical aspects of colloid chemistry and colloidal dispersions. Learn more here.

2019-04-11 Keml bjuder in till dialog kring PFAS: Välkomna till nätverksmöte kring högflourerande ämnen torsdag den 9 maj, i DeGeer-salen på Stockholms Universitet.

Läs programmet här PDF iconprogram.pdf. (160.3 KB)          Anmäl dig här senast den 2 maj.

Several companies, direct and indirect linked to the project POPFREE, mentions more and more the importance of the project´s commitment.

2019-04-04 Välkommen att anmäla dig till vårt frukostseminarium om PFAS och kosmetika​ som äger rum den 10 maj i Stockholm kl 08.30-10.00.

2019-03-18 Ny rapport om PFAS från kemikalieinspektionen

Svenska skidförbundet om Hållbarhet 18/19 (POPFREE mentioned on page 15) 

2019-03-13 Stockholms Naturskyddsförening Föreläsning och diskussion om PFAS

2019-03-01 Tester om fluorforbudet respekteres på Gålå

2019-03-01 NILU fluortester ski under Hovedlandsrennet​

2019-03-02 Debate article about PFAS in ski vax and its environmental effects (in swedish)

2019-02-27 H&M webb Phasing out PFAS

2019-01-31 Sveriges Natur. Klimatomställningen ska få ett kvitto

Newly released scientific paper regarding PFAS free DWR solutions and their performance: 2019-01-30 Highly fluorinated chemicals in functional textiles can be replaced by re-evaluating liquid repellency and end-user requirements

2019-01-29 Article in IFTH Research into outdoor and protective clothing seeks to shake off fluorochemicals

2019 Naturskyddsföreningen Valla utan gift

2019 Naturskyddsföreningen 10 tips för att undvika PFAS

2018-12-28 Vasaloppet tar bort flourbaserade glidvallor 

2018-12-08 "Dopingtester" ski med ny teknologi for å gjøre barneskirenn fluorfrie​

2016-11-14  A review of contamination of surface-, ground-, and drinking water in Sweden by perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) 

Please, answer this survey to investigate people’s experience of ski waxes and waxing


Many factors are important in the hunt for the perfect glide when skiing, but finding good glide wax is often the first thing that comes to mind when you want a skiing experience with no resistance. Many waxes available today contain highly fluorinated compounds (PFAS) which provide low friction and high water- and dirt-repellence. Unfortunately, these compounds biodegrade very slowly or not at all in nature, and therefore some these substances have been restricted and some are listed as high concern.

POPFREE is a project financed by Vinnova which aims to promote PFAS-free products by developing and evaluating competitive alternatives with improved environmental and health outcomes in product categories such as fire-fighting foams, textile impregnation, paper and food packaging, cosmetics, as well as ski waxes. POPFREE also aims to spread knowledge so that consumers can increase demand for PFAS-free alternatives and products by asking questions and making different purchasing choices.

The purpose of this survey is to investigate people’s experience of ski waxes and waxing, and to gauge awareness of fluorine-free waxes. Your responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you as an individual. The data will be compiled and analysed at the group level. The survey is led by Lisa Skedung at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden on behalf of POPFREE and any questions about the survey can be addressed directly to her (lisa.skedung [at] ri.se).

2018-10-21 Den bittra smaken av Teflon, Svt

New ECHA substitution webpages
ECHA’s substitution webpages have been revised and new features are now available, including:

  • list of programmes and institutions able to provide funding for substitution-related R&D projects, see Funding and technical support. Do not hesitate to inform us about additional relevant institutions or programmes via the web form on the right-hand side of the page.
  • list of substitution-related events with links to original websites and presentations, see News and activities.
  • description of the concept of substitution supply chain workshops and a web form to inform ECHA about your willingness to (co)organise such events or  
    provide suggestions for collaboration (see “Supply chain workshops”)
  • links to substitution-related networks, see Networks.
  • link to substitution projects partners’ matchmaking platforms like ChemSec’s Marketplace and Enterprise Europe Network, see Find substitution partners. If you are aware of additional relevant platforms, please let us know.

The pages “Why substitute?”, “How to do it” and “Real life cases” are being reviewed with an expected publication in Q1 2019.

Substitution supply chain workshop on CrVI, 14 January 2019, Dortmund
The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) organises this workshop entitled Perspectives on Substitution of CrVI – Do the alternatives work and are they affordable?  More information here .

Workshop on chemicals innovation and design for sustainability, 16 January, Brussels
The European Commission (DG Environment) will organise a workshop focused on the minimisation and sustainable substitution of high-risk hazardous chemical use.

The event will be structured around two elements: (1) overcoming barriers to innovation and adoption of safer substitutes and (2) strategies to encourage and scale development and adoption of sustainable chemistry and technology innovation. More information and registrations by 3 December 2018 here.

Supply chain substitution workshop on thermal paper, 26 March 2019, Brussels
This workshop is co-organised by the Belgian Federal public service Health, food chain safety and environment and the Belgian Federal public service economy.

The organisers are looking for information and contact persons of producers and/or users of sustainable alternatives to thermal papers containing Bisphenol A (i.e. papers with other substances, papers with a new technology, e-tickets…). You can send information to reach [at] environment.belgium.be

Launch of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4)
“The Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) is the only professional association solely dedicated to advancing the science, practice, and policy of alternatives assessment and informed substitution. A4 is an interdisciplinary community of researchers, practitioners, and others working collaboratively to accelerate the transition to the use of safer chemicals, materials, processes, and products.”

This association has been launched on the occasion of the International Symposium on Alternative Assessment which took place on 1-2 November in Sacramento, USA. See here for more information and to join the association. 

SETAC 2019, Helsinki 26-30 May 2019 – send abstracts by 28 November 2018
The 2019 European annual conference of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will include a special session on substitution of hazardous chemicals, analysis of alternatives and the connections with safe-by-design approaches (more info here).

Also, two more specific parallel sessions are proposed to which you are invited to send abstracts by 28 November 2018:

  • Challenges and opportunities for advancing alternatives assessment and chemical substitution - Track 6. Environmental Policy, Risk management and Science communication
  • Safe by Design: responsible and innovative research for safe and sustainable chemistry - Track 6. Environmental Policy, Risk management and Science communication


  • The POPFREE project has been launched to create a transition in sectors using PFAS to feasible non-fluorinated alternatives, see POPFREE
  • SUPFES aims at helping industry find alternatives that can replace fluorinated chemicals which are harmful to the environment. It takes a holistic view on the use of the fluorinated chemicals in the textile industry studying emissions, life cycles and human and aquatic toxicity, see Supfes.
  • DURATEX is looking for eco-friendly water and oil repellent textiles for building and architectural applications, see Interreg.


Innovation Workshop on Safer and Sustainable Antifouling, 5 October, Rotterdam
Organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the workshop was attended by providers of copper-based anti-fouling paints, providers of alternative solutions, representatives of boat owners, marinas, authorities, research institutes, etc.

The event allowed to discuss the health and environmental implications and trade-offs of alternative antifouling applications, understand the performance and associated testing needs of emerging antifouling technologies, explore current marketplace challenges as well as needs and opportunities for multi-sectoral collaboration to scale adoption of sustainable, alternative antifouling technologies and identify concrete collaborative next steps to advance sustainable and feasible antifouling innovations. The workshop presentations and report are available on ECHA’s website.

International seminar “Encourage and Support Enterprises to Minimise the Use of Harmful Substances”, 23-24 October 2018, Riga
Organised within the frame of three EU-funded projects: INTERREG NonHazCity, LIFE Fit for REACH and LIFE AskREACH, the seminar aimed to identify if and how authorities and other stakeholders could increase their efforts to support companies in improving their chemicals risk management in particular in minimising their use of harmful substances.

The seminar discussed in particular the following leverages: legislation & enforcement, market-related tools (procurement, labels, taxes, branding), management tools (environmental management systems, voluntary initiatives, supply chain management tools, chemical programmes).

The seminar reports will be made available at a later stage on the NonHazCity, Fit for REACH and AskREACH project webpages.

Green Chemistry Conference, 5-6 November, Vienna
The conference brought together experts in chemical science and technology, industry and policy to present the current status of Green Chemistry worldwide and in the European Union. It also provided an opportunity for the participants to consider and discuss options for aligning two approaches: chemicals control and sustainable chemical evolution (Green Chemistry), in order to make our society fit for sustainable living with chemicals in a less toxic world. See the conference reports here.

MIDWOR project final deliverables on alternatives to hazardous Durable Water and Oil Repellents (DWORs) in textile

  • Watch the OECD webinar presenting the project results here.
  • The project reports including the Layman’s report, the report on risk assessment and life cycle analysis and the web tool to compare and assess DWOR alternatives are available here

Also, don’t forget to share and check substitution news in the LinkedIn group - Substitution to Safer Chemicals - European Information Sharing Network! Note that LinkedIn doesn’t seem to send email notifications anymore when new posts are added, so check the group page regularly!