New York City-based Higgins Industries Inc. has developed a UV sun-protective clothing process
called BFX. Fabric treated with the BFX protection has been tested by the International UV Testing
Laboratories at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., and awarded a 50+ UPF rating, the highest
international rating level available.BFX-treated textiles block 98 to 99 percent of the suns
harmful UVA and UVB rays. Tom Higgins, Higgins Industries, expressed concern about the depletion of
the ozone layer, saying, If you consider that 80 percent of the harmful exposure occurs during our
childhood, it is really important we get an educational message out to our youth of the importance
of protecting themselves with sunscreens and the correct clothing.