Ski Wax, Snowboard Wax and our Environment

Purl WaxConsidering the big environmental issues facing us today, ski wax and snowboard wax might not seem to play such an important role… but a traditional stick of fluorinated wax bears more toxic potential than generally known..........

There are two main areas of concerns with fluorinated waxes.  The first area is related to wax technicians inhaling toxins from the fumes and dust. Read the article below called Human Exposure to Fluorinated Ski Wax.  The second concern is related to the production process. Manufacturing fluoro products requires some nasty chemicals, including Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). These chemicals can end up in the water streams, such as what happened near Dupont and 3M production facilities affecting thousands of people.

Related Articles:




 Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

July 2016


Human Exposure to Fluorinated Ski Wax:

This study was performed by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Sweden.

By Cheryl Katz, Environmental Health News

March 15, 2011



Ski Wax: Extra Speed Could Carry More than Just a Steep Price Tag

From New West Snow Blog

By Brendon Bosworth

February 14, 2011



Environmental Working Group Project 

PFC Dictionary

November 2006 

National Toxicology Program U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

September 2016


Waxing for a Greener Tomorrow

by Evelyn French


Ski Wax Might Be Harmful to Your Health


By Cameron Walker

January 21, 2011



Your Ski and Snowboard Wax Could Be Seriously Harmful To You, Wildlife


By: Andrea Donsky

January 28, 2011



Mother Jones 

Teflon Is Forever

Published June 8, 2007

Biodegradability of petroleum waxes and beeswax in an adapted CO2 evolution test

Science Direct

August 1992

U.S. EPA Hazard Characterization for Waxes and Related Materials

September 2011

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