2022 Study Finds Toxic PFAS Chemicals in
Tap Water and Yoga Pants
One in four pairs of popular leggings and yoga pants tested have
detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to
PFAS, toxic forever chemicals, have been used in the
manufacturing of products for industries like clothing
and cookware for decades.
Recently, the extent of PFAS in activewear has been
highlighted by the research of Leah Segedie on her
With the help of EHN.org, Mamavation
tested the activewear and found fluorine
levels ranging from 10 parts per million to
284 ppm in eight pairs of leggings and
pants out of 32.
EHN.org partially funded the testing and
Pete Myers, chief scientist of
Environmental Health Sciences, which
publishes Environmental Health News,
reviewed the results.
An EPA-certified lab tested the crotch area of the pants, and any
clothes containing more than 10 parts per million fluorine were
The eight pairs that had PFAS indicators were: Athleta
Girl Chit Chat Shorts Gaiam High Rise Waist Yoga Pants
Performance Compression Workout Leggings Knix
Hightouch High Rise Leggings Lululemon Align Highrise
Pant LulaRoe Leggings Old Navy Athletic Pants Vuori
Elevation Performance Black Camo
The use of PFAS in production not only
leaves the chemicals in certain items, but
also releases it into the environment.
PFAS are also found in large quantities in water sources.
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