In an industry drowning in awards and gear-tests, there is no specific award for women's outdoor products.
Do we need one? - Yes! - Why?
We want to point out the importance of specified development and at the same time highlight signature products and gear, made for female expedition and adventure guides, group leaders, outdoor-sport-professionals, girl scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and all the other nature lovers!
SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT – Revised Product Submission Criteria
Background: The Netherlands and Germany, with support from Norway, Denmark and Sweden are preparing a restriction proposal to cover a wide range of PFAS uses – in support of the statements made in the Environment Council in December 2019. They are expected to submit the proposal to ECHA by 15 July 2022. Furthermore, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) will submit a restriction proposal in January 2022 for PFAS used in firefighting foams. This use is not included in the wide PFAS restriction being prepared by the five European countries.In the light of these developments, and the scientific consensus of the environmental and health risk associated with chemicals of the PFAS family (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), the WOMEN'S GEAR AWARD jury members have in depth discussed the role of PFAS in outdoor products. In unison, the jury as decided as follows:
Going forward, all products submitted to the WOMEN'S GEAR AWARD #She Is Outdoors, and destined for sales seasons of 2023 and beyond, must be PFAS free. This criterion also applies to laminated products (PTFE-free).