At 3M, we use science to help solve some of the biggest global challenges. Our discoveries benefit hundreds of millions of people and countless communities around the world. Our thoughtful, scientific approach drives our innovation and has fostered a steady stream of products that have helped people and businesses for more than 100 years. We believe in bringing this same approach to our stewardship decisions. This is why we dedicate our time and resources to researching our impact on the environment and taking actions to protect natural resources.
One category of products where we are actively managing our stewardship commitment is fluorochemicals. Our goal is to provide advanced technological innovations to the industries that rely on the important properties that PFAS display in a way that is protective of human health and the environment.
PFAS stands for a broad group of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The group contains several categories and classes of durable chemicals and materials with properties that include oil, water, temperature, chemical and fire resistance, as well as electrical insulating properties. The strength of the carbon-fluorine bond also means that these compounds do not easily degrade. These characteristics have made PFAS critical to the manufacture of electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and semi-conductors. They are also used to help prevent infections in products like surgical gowns and drapes. Commercial aircraft and low-emissions vehicles also rely on PFAS technology.