PFAS can refer to a broad category of thousands of compounds with distinct and widely varying properties and characteristics. They can be gases, liquids, or solids - and many different organizations define “PFAS” differently.
People worldwide depend on everyday products that are made by many companies, including 3M, using PFAS (sometimes also called fluorochemicals). These substances are critical to multiple industries – including the cars we drive, planes we fly, computers and smart phones we use to stay connected, and more.
PFAS are used in everyday applications to promote durability, water resistance, and many other qualities. They are found in many important parts of modern life, including:
3M’s products, including those containing PFAS, are safe and effective for their intended uses in everyday life.
3M has announced it will exit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) manufacturing and work to discontinue the use of PFAS across its product portfolio.
We are on our way to achieving these goals. 3M was the first company to announce an exit from certain PFAS compounds in the early 2000s. Since then, we have reduced our use of PFAS through ongoing research and development and will continue to innovate new solutions for customers. For example, we have eliminated the use of PFAS in our Scotchgard™ products that help protect soft surfaces in homes.
3M’s current annual net sales of manufactured PFAS are approximately $1.3 billion, which is approximately 4% of 3M’s annual revenue. In addition, 3M will work to discontinue the use of PFAS across our product portfolio. To learn more about 3M products that use PFAS*, click here. (Last Updated: Jan. 19, 2024).
"This is a moment that demands the kind of innovation 3M is known for," said 3M chairman and chief executive officer Mike Roman. "While PFAS can be safely made and used, we also see an opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving external regulatory and business landscape to make the greatest impact for those we serve. This action is another example of how we are positioning 3M for continued sustainable growth by optimizing our portfolio, innovating for our customers, and delivering long-term value for our shareholders."
For convenience, this website aggregates information about products that were independently designed, manufactured, and/or sold by subsidiaries of 3M Company, in addition to products that were designed, manufactured, and/or sold by 3M Company itself.
*This list represents 3M products that contain intentionally added PFAS and that were sold in the United States in the past two years, based on 3M’s current knowledge following a reasonable investigation. Reformulation and discontinuation timeframes represented on this list are estimates based on our current knowledge and are subject to change. Additional information, including reformulation and discontinuation timeframes, may be added or updated periodically as the company works to discontinue the use of PFAS across its product portfolio by the end of 2025.
This list is not an official discontinuation or reformulation notice. 3M will use existing communication channels to help keep customers informed of potential impacts to the availability of products they purchase from 3M, including issuing discontinuation notices to customers buying directly from 3M as appropriate.
Fluorochemistries are important materials that are used in everyday products. Some of these materials were invented decades ago, and others are new.
There are thousands of unique fluorochemistries, and no two are exactly alike. Many of them are used in everyday applications to promote durability, water resistance, or other important qualities.