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 21.5 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 178 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.