The outdoor gear industry has a toxic secret. Many popular outdoor brands use PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) to waterproof their products—from jackets to boots. The production, use, and disposal of these products pollute people and the planet.
Exposure to PFAS has been linked to harmful health impacts like cancer. And these chemicals now pollute the drinking water of at least 1 in 20 U.S. residents. Buying a rain jacket from REI shouldn't pollute someone's drinking water.
As a company committed to sustainability and one of the top outdoor retailers, REI is the perfect company to lead the industry away from these toxic chemicals. If enough of us come together, we can convince REI CEO Eric Artz to be a leader and only sell products without these toxic chemicals!