Late in 2023 MidCurrent ran a narrative about an upcoming PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) ban set to happen within the coming years. PFAS are used to waterproof every little thing from rain gear to waders, which makes them an integral a part of an angler’s outfit.
PFAS shed off our fly fishing gear and enter the surroundings, contaminating every little thing from fish, rivers, and “even our personal bloodstreams,” in response to Chris Hunt’s article on PFAS in Fly Fisherman Journal.
Hunt’s article goes on to element what lots of the main manufacturers in fly fishing are doing to eradicate PFAS from their product lineups. Whereas the challenges this presents are actual, it might result in extra innovation within the wader trade particularly, which has been stagnant for at the least a decade. Which means anglers might, in concept, find yourself with a greater product and a extra snug expertise whereas on the water, with out including extra dangerous chemical substances to the environment.
PFAS bans are set to happen subsequent 12 months in California for textiles, and different states throughout the nation are contemplating comparable legislations. To assist make anglers conscious of that laws, and to offer an outline of what these bans might appear like, the parents over on the Grassroots Outside Alliance recorded a podcast with environmental lawyer James Pollack. Pollack goes into element on upcoming PFAS bans and laws, “and what, why and the way retailers and types needs to be doing to deal with PFAS and results to their very own companies.”
You possibly can take heed to the podcast right here.