The POPFREE-project started three years ago with the aim of developing and investigate chemical substitutes to PFAS. OrganoClicks PFAS-free and biodegradable textile impregnation OrganoTex® has been partly developed within the previous project steps. The technology that has been developed is based on OrganoClick’s patented and awarded technology for modification pf textile fibers and is completely free from perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), cyclic siloxanes and isocyanates which is often used in current textile impregnations. Many of these substances are suspected to be carcinogenic and hormone disruptive and bioaccumulate in nature. In this project, the amibition is to further develop OrganoClick’s current biodegradable and partly biobased product and make it 100 % biobased which would be completely unique in the market of textile impregnations.

“Vinnova’s funding of POPFREE strongly supports the phase-out PFAS from Swedish products which we think is very important. That we together with companies such as Bergans and Houdini as well as organisations such as the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, ChemSec, RISE and IVL are given the opportunity to develop and test a 100 % biobased and biodegradable textile impregnation will be the next step that will give us to not only a PFAS-free product but also will take the technology for textile impregnations to a new level in which also the fossile raw material is replaced with a completely “green”, renewable raw material”, says Mårten Hellberg, CEO OrganoClick.

The project will start in September 2020 and continue during 2 years.