In May 2000, 3M made a voluntary decision to phase out its production of products having perfluorooctanyl chemistry which included Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), and PFOS-related products, which included many Scotchgard™ Protector products and applications.
However, 3M subsequently developed unique new technologies that allowed for the reformulation of the chemistry behind products carrying the Scotchgard™ Brand name. These reformulated products provide equal or sometimes better protection performance characteristics than the former products while being much more favorable from an environmental, health and safety aspect.
New products carrying the Scotchgard™ Brand name are based on new unique fluorochemical technologies. They are not based on PFOA or PFOS chemistry.
In summary, 3M’s “next generation” of Scotchgard™ Brand products not only offer excellent protection performance for a wide variety of products that results in products typically having a longer and more useful life, but also are very favorable from an environmental, health and safety aspect.