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:

 

 

 

The EPA and Regulating the Ski Wax Industry

By Jason Albert, Faster Skier

July, 2019

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Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

By XiaoZhi Lim, Nature  

March, 2019

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Human Exposure to Fluorinated Ski Wax:

This study was performed by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Sweden.
 
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Ski Wax Chemicals Can Build Up in Blood

By Cheryl Katz, Environmental Health News. Scientific American 

March 15, 2011

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

From New West Snow Blog

By Brendon Bosworth

February 14, 2011

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Environmental Working Group Project 

PFC Dictionary

November 2006 

 

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

September 2016

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Ski Wax Might Be Harmful to Your Health

From sports.espn.go.com

By Cameron Walker

January 21, 2011

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

From Treehugger.com

By: Andrea Donsky

January 28, 2011

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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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