POPFREE – Promotion of PFAS-free alternatives
POPFREE’s goal is to promote the development of PFAS-free products. We do that by developing functional alternatives with reduced environmental footprint and by increasing the demand for PFAS-free products. Through the transdisciplinary collaboration in the POPFREE project we want to contribute to competitive PFAS-free products, increased awareness throughout the value chain, reduced environmental impact and a Swedish industry at the forefront.
PFAS is short for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances and includes thousands of different man-made chemicals. Due to their unique and versatile function, PFAS is used in a wide range of consumer goods, from grease-resistant paper to ski vax and textile.
However, PFAS substances have a strong environmental impact as well as a negative influence on health. Some PFAS degrade very slowly or not at all in nature, while others are transformed. PFAS remains in nature, they are highly mobile and easily spread over large areas. Increased levels of PFAS have been detected in 144 municipal water sources in Sweden.
POPFREE is a two-year innovation project aiming to find and promote alternatives free from PFAS, in collaboration with our project partners. POPFREE is financed by Vinnova and joins 29 partners from industry, academy, NGOs and institutes.
Research partners: RISE (coordinator), Peek Innovation, Mittuniversitetet (Sports Tech Center).