Denmark explained its government wants to introduce a national ban on PFAS in clothing and shoes as these consumer goods are one of the biggest sources of PFAS (per and polyfluorinated substances) in its environment.

Denmark’s environment minister Magnus Heunicke said: “We must take the lead in the work to limit PFAS at the source. A national ban will benefit our health and the environment in Denmark.”

He continued: “We must take the lead in the work to limit PFAS at the source. A national ban on the import and sale of clothing, shoes and impregnation agents with PFAS is an important step on the way to limiting emissions and will have a real environmental effect in Denmark. Furthermore, we are sending a strong signal to the rest of the world that we must phase out these substances where possible.” 

Denmark’s government explained it is estimated that there are PFAS-free alternatives available on the market for clothing, shoes and waterproofing agents, however, it continued: “The opposite is the case when it comes to professional clothing and safety clothing, where special requirements are made for safety and functionality.”

Denmark’s government highlighted that in the long term PFAS can weaken the immune system, cause hormonal disturbances and are suspected of increasing the risk of cancer.

Denmark said it stands together with four countries behind a proposal for a ban on PFAS in the EU. The national ban on PFAS in clothing, shoes and waterproofing agents will apply until the expected EU ban comes into force.

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The executive order on the ban is expected to be ready on 1 July 2025. The government proposes to give business a transition period of one year, so that the ban applies from 1 July 2026.

In April France announced its plan to ban PFAS for apparel from 1 January 2030.