Apparel company L Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has instructed its supply chain to stop using PFCs in their products.

The pledge by the fashion group has been made as part of its commitment to Greenpeace's global Detox campaign, which it signed up to in 2013. It aims to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and across all products by 2020.

This additional commitment means its supply chain will stop using poly-fluorinated hydrocarbons (PFCs) in all products manufactured after July 2015.

L Brands joins a number of companies, including Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Esprit, Zara, Levi, Benetton and G-Star, in pledging to stop PFC use in their supply chains by the end of 2015.

Greenpeace has been pushing the fashion industry to eliminate toxic chemicals from its products and supply chains for the past four years.

In May, more than 200 scientists from 38 countries signed the so-called ‘Madrid Statement', which calls for the elimination of PFCs from the production of all consumer products, including textiles.

PFCs accumulate in water and food, and exposure to high concentrations has been linked to a wide range of health problems including cancer, hypothyroidism, ulcerative colitis, lower birth weight and size, and decreased immune response to vaccines in children.