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At Dyneema®, we protect those who protect us, thanks to the unrivaled lightweight strength of our fiber and our world-leading anti-ballistic unidirectional (UD) solutions. But our commitment to high-performance personal protection doesn’t end there.

Unlike those of other suppliers, Dyneema® products contain no per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – so you know you’re getting ultimate protection, inside and out.

The rise and fall of PFAS

PFAS have been used since the 1940s in all kinds of consumer and industry products, mainly owing to their repellency properties. But these synthetic chemicals are increasingly under scrutiny from legislators, the media, and even the general public.

That’s because PFAS break down very slowly, and can therefore build up in people, animals, and the environment over time – which is why they’re often referred to as “forever chemicals.” What’s more, research by the US Environmental Protection Agency and others suggests that exposure to these chemicals can be harmful. In particular, PFAS are linked to various severe health issues, including cancers, organ damage, and developmental impacts in children.

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Targeting PFAS-free personal protection

It's no wonder that legislative authorities are acting to stop the use of PFAS and prevent further pollution of these chemicals in the environments where we live and work. In early 2024, the US government announced the first-ever national standard to address the contamination of drinking water by PFAS, along with a billion-dollar investment in protecting communities from the problem.

In the USA and beyond, military and law enforcement agencies – as well as first-responder services – are increasingly seeking out PFAS-free equipment. But that’s easier said than done. Many personal protection manufacturers need to apply coatings containing PFAS to repel water, oil, and dirt, which could harm the performance of their products. In turn, however, this raises other safety questions – because there’s also research suggesting that PFAS can decrease ballistic protection levels when exposed to high temperatures or humid climates.

That brings us to the billion-dollar question for military and law enforcement agencies: does PFAS-free high-performance ballistic protection exist?

With Dyneema®, the answer is yes.

Protecting people and planet, today and tomorrow

Dyneema® polymer, fiber, UD material, and UD film are 100% free from PFAS. And that’s our guarantee.

How? It’s all thanks to the unique properties of the world’s strongest fiber™. Unlike many alternatives, our solutions don’t require any PFAS coatings to repel dirt and moisture.

That’s yet another reason why our UD is ideal for all kinds of armor applications, from soft and hard body armor to helmets, shields, and vehicle plates. And why the world’s elite forces can trust Dyneema® to help the transition away from harmful PFAS in the products our courageous personnel rely on – over years of service, and in any conditions.

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