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.

The purpose of this meeting was to begin a joint dialog about future possibilities that should benefit the image and profitability of the carpet industry.

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
Arlene Blum, Ph.D., Green Science Policy Institute
Objectives and agenda for the day
Introductions of participants: What brought you here?

9:00 Framing the Problem
Tom Bruton, Ph.D., Green Science Policy Institute
The Class Concept: Fluorinated Chemicals
Asa Bradman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley (invited)
Elsie Sunderland, Ph.D. Harvard University (invited)
Graham Peaslee, Ph.D., Professor, University of Notre Dame
PIGE and Other Analyses for PFAS in Carpeting

10:00 BREAK

10:15 Manufacturers’ Perspectives Panel

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

12:15 LUNCH

1:15 Purchasers’ Perspectives Panel
Jennifer Macdaniel, Senior Designer, Kaiser Permanente (invited)
Jen Jackson, MA, Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager, SF Department of the Environment (invited)
Nicolette Sanfillipo, Stok / Facebook (invited)
Heather Henriksen, Harvard University (invited)

2:15 BREAK

2:30 Carpet in the Circular Economy
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) (invited)
Martin Mulvihill, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Safer Made (invited)
Green Chemistry Solutions
Interface, (invited)

3:30 Discussion: Moving towards healthier and more functional carpets
Small group discussion, report back, and large group discussion

4:30 Next steps, future plans, and possible commitments

5:00 END

6:00 Optional DINNER