PFAS Free Nomex®

PFAS-Free Nomex®

That’s right, we are proud to offer PFAS-Free Nomex® products.

PFAS has quickly become a hot topic in the fire service and rightfully so. The chemical concoction has proven to be extremely hazardous to the health of those who encounter it, especially for long periods of time. So when FILO set out to give firefighters a better option for purchasing Nomex® apparel, it was important to us that all our Nomex® products be PFAS-Free.

The PFAS-Free Advantage

As the firefighting industry evolves, so does the commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our firefighters. PFAS-free Nomex® provides unparalleled protection without compromising on environmental safety.

Healthier for Firefighters

PFAS chemicals have been linked to a range of health concerns, including potential carcinogenic effects. By opting for PFAS-free Nomex®, you prioritize the health and well-being of your firefighters, ensuring they can perform their duties without unnecessary exposure to harmful substances.

Compliance with Regulations

With growing awareness of the environmental and health risks associated with PFAS, many regulatory bodies are tightening restrictions on their use. PFAS-free Nomex® allows fire departments to stay ahead of regulations and demonstrate their commitment to safety and sustainability.

Optimized Performance

Despite being free of PFAS, Nomex® maintains its exceptional fire-resistant properties. PFAS-free Nomex® provides the same level of protection and performance that firefighters have come to rely on, without the added risk of harmful chemicals.

Trusted by Industry Leaders

Fire departments worldwide trust Nomex for its proven track record of reliability and performance. With PFAS-free Nomex®, you can continue to count on the same level of quality and protection, with the added peace of mind of knowing that you're making a responsible choice for both your firefighters and the environment.

Environmentally Responsible

Unlike traditional firefighting gear treated with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), PFAS-free Nomex® offers a sustainable solution that minimizes environmental impact. Say goodbye to harmful chemicals and embrace a safer, greener alternative.


PFAS stands for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of more than 10,000 synthetic chemicals. They are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not easily break down. Their indestructible nature poses risks for our health as well as the environment.

Studies have shown that exposure to PFAS can result in liver damage, thyroid disease, developmental issues, reduced fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression, and cancer. The sad fact is that PFAS chemicals are widely used commercially in products such as nonstick cookware, cleaning products, water-resistant fabrics, shampoo, dental floss, cosmetics, and much more. For more information on PFAS, visit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. For a list of PFAS-free products, check out the PFAS Central.

No. Nomex® fabric does not inherently contain PFAS chemicals. Where PFAS can sometimes come into play is with the finish used on the fabric. Some Nomex® is made with a DWR (Durable with Water Repellency) finish that repels water, stains, and grease. DWR contains bromides which are in the PFAS family. However, not all Nomex® is treated with DWR.

Sadly, PFAS is found in most firefighter turnout gear. For more information and precautions on how to reduce your exposure to PFAS in your turnout gear, visit the International Association of Fire Fighter’s Safety Advisory on PFAS.

The Nomex® lllA fabric that we use for our products is treated with a “wickable” finish instead of a DWR finish. Our finish doesn’t repel water, but it does draw moisture away from the skin and into the fabric, resulting in quick drying characteristics. Unlike DWR, this finish is PFAS-free. Choosing FILO means choosing PFAS-free Nomex®.

Join the Movement Towards Safer Firefighting

Make the switch to PFAS-free Nomex® and lead the way in promoting safety, sustainability, and innovation in the firefighting industry. Contact us today to learn more about our PFAS-free Nomex® products and how they can benefit your fire department.

FILO's Nomex® apparel underwent testing by an independent laboratory, and the results showed no detection of PFAS chemicals. To learn more, click here.