Highly Fluorinated Chemicals in Carpeting Information Exchange 2018


This day long workshop brought together large purchasers as well as manufacturers and others along the supply chain, to develop strategies to move towards healthier carpeting.

Workshop topics included:

  • health and environmental impacts of highly fluorinated chemicals
  • the emerging market for safer alternatives
  • obstacles to change and how to overcome them

Participants included scientists studying the chemicals, innovators of safer alternatives, and government and NGO representatives, as well as manufacturers and purchasers of carpets.

When: February 8, 2018, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Where: David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

Thursday, February 8
8:00 Registration and networking: Continental breakfast
8:30 Welcome, Objectives, and Introductions9:00am Framing the Problem
Arlene Blum, PhD, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
The Chemical Class Approach towards Sustainable Products & Purchasing
Tom Bruton, PhD, Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute
The Class Concept: Fluorinated Chemicals
Johnsie Lang, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, US Environmental Protection Agency
Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Release from Carpet in Landfills
Graham Peaslee, PhD, Professor, University of Notre Dame
PIGE and Other Analyses for PFAS in Carpeting

10:00am Break

10:15am Purchasers’ Panel
Brief presentations from members of the Material Buyers Club, including Facebook, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and SF Department of the Environment.

11:15am Discussion: Challenges for Functional and More Sustainable Carpets
Small group discussion, report back, and large group discussion

12:15pm Lunch

1:15pm Manufacturers’ Panel
Brief presentations from carpet mills and The Carpet and Rug Institute

2:30pm Break

2:45pm  Inspiring a More Sustainable Future
Martin Mulvihill, PhD
, Co-Founder, Safer Made
Green Chemistry Solutions
Michael Kobori, Levi Strauss & Co.

3:15pm Discussion: Moving Towards More Sustainable Carpets
Small group discussion, report back, and large group discussion

4:15pm Next steps, future plans, and possible commitments

5:00pm End of Day