REI Co-op Statement on California PFAS Legislation

Sep 9, 2022

California is poised to enact a bill that would take effect on January 1, 2025 and prohibit the sale, manufacture, or distribution of many textile articles containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the state. The bill will impact a variety of product types sold at REI, including, but not limited to, certain apparel, backpacks, and footwear.

The co-op has been working for years to phase out PFAS, testing new alternatives in pursuit of the performance standards our customers expect and need in the outdoors. We support this bill and thank the legislators whose actions will help speed the broader industry’s transition away from the use of these chemicals. We will continue to engage our vendor partners as the entire outdoor industry works to align with the California framework.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. If you can’t visit one of our many stores, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all.