Article: Keen Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-Free Footwear

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Keen Creates Open-Source Process For PFC-Free Footwear

Keen Inc. said it has established an open-sourced model for how it creates PFC-free footwear. To support this initiative, Keen issued a challenge to the outdoor footwear industry to be PFC-free by 2025.

PFCs are a class of about 5,000 fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyls, often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. The chemicals are toxic and enter the environment where the chemicals, components and finished products are manufactured, often through contaminated water or waste, and spread easily.

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