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           Newsletter No. 03                                                      1 February 2019


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South Africa to announce textile-apparel-footwear master plan

South Africa will soon announce a master plan to boost the textile,, apparel, footwear and leather retail value chain, according to Trade and Industry deputy minister Bulelani Magwanishe. The plan is to create 60 000 jobs and enhance competition. He was speaking at the opening of Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA) factory in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal province.

The firm is a beneficiary of the department of trade and industry’s Black Industrialists Programme.

The country’s future economic growth and transformation will rely on industrialists who can produce, own and distribute goods anchored in value-addition, the deputy minister was quoted as saying in a government release.

The opening of the factory, Magwanishe said, is in line with government policy to set the economy on a higher path of shared growth, while also transforming its structure, enabling opportunities for millions of South Africans

What are the most innovative sports brands?

Distinguished by the prestigious ISPO Brandnew Award, the labels Hero Water Wear and diPulse stood out thanks to their textile products with innovative characteristics.

Four hundred. This is the number of applications the ISPO Brandnew Award jury received this year. And for good reason: every year, these innovation experts distinguish the most promising start-ups in the sports industry. “We had extremely good submissions. The decision ultimately came down to small details in the product design, function or presentation.

The marketability of the product is always a determining factor,” explains David Badalec, manager of ISPO Brandnew. Among the brands that caught their attention were Hero Water Wear in the “Apparel” category and diPulse in the “Wearables” section.

Hero water wear: water sports in complete safety

Unsurprisingly, the Hero Water Wear concept was born on the coasts of Australia. And for good reason: this atypical product is a practical wetsuit designed for water sports with the unique particularity that it could save your life. In an emergency, the integrated life jacket in the form of a carbon dioxide-filled lining is activated by simply pulling a cord. This inflates the air chambers located in the chest and shoulder area of the wetsuit, providing them with assistance.

This clothing also protects from sunburn and the other UV ray damage with SPF 50 coverage. Last but not least, the material composition of 80% polyester and 20% lycra, along with its flat seams, ensure comfort at all times.

Dipulse: when clothing becomes a coach

With diPulse, technical clothing becomes a pragmatic sports buddy. The Swedish start-up has created an item of clothing integrating electrostimulation (EMS). The aim? To boost your muscle strengthening during your different physical training exercises. Free from wires or electrodes, this new-generation sports clothing is composed of carbon-based elements that allow you to target a specific muscle when exercising. Finally, an integrated virtual coach can directly access your performance results, use this data and give you real-time feedback. It’s a must. Promostyl

SGS approved as ZDHC MRSL Conformance Level 1 Indicator

SGS is pleased to announce that the ZDHC Foundation recognizes and accepts SGS as an indicator of Level 1 ZDHC MRSL Conformance in connection with the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module.

In 2017, ZDHC published an MRSL conformance guidance establishing the way in which chemical formulators can provide indicators of conformance, as well as how manufacturers and brands can find recognized and credible processes for chemical formulations compiled with ZDHC MRSL in ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module.

ZDHC recognizes and accepts SGS as an indicator of level 1 ZDHC MRSL Conformance in connection with the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module, which aims to ensure that chemicals are well managed, risks are identified, and discharges minimized. The laboratories accepted as part of the SGS Global MRSL Conformance certification center are SGS’s Hong Kong, Taiwan, India (Chennai), Guangzhou, Shanghai and Turkey laboratories. All MRSL analysis to produce these certifictes must be carried out by these laboratories. Chemical formulations tested by SGS conforming to ZDHC MRSL are recognized as Level 1 chemicals.

In assisting the textile and footwear supply chain toward the zero-discharge goal, SGS provides robust and holistic solutions for chemical and environmental management across the supply chain. Its Zero Discharge solution offers a holistic approach, which:

  • Strengthens suppliers understanding of the ZDHC challenge and the importance of upstream chemical management
  • Helps brands and retailers to support their supply chain’s public disclosure needs
  • Offers analysis, site visits and other technical consultancy services, all conducted methodically and scientifically, with results presented in an accurate and factual manner
  • Supports research development and delivery of innovative solutions in chemical and environmental management
  • Enables clients to understand their supply chain by benchmarking and establishing baselines, facilitating the identification of areas for improvement and devising a system to track, recognize and acknowledge improvements and achievement of goals.

In an industry which annually uses 25% of the chemicals produced globally, manufacturers and brands are striving to reduce chemical discharges from their activities and demonstrate compliance to ZDHC MRSL.  SGS is committed to supporting the textile and footwear industry to improve its chemical management in production. In addition to the MRSL program, SGS is working on other ZDHC programs, like training and wastewater testing, as an Accredited Training Provider (ATP) and accepted wastewater laboratory.

The ZDHC Foundation oversees implementation of the ZDHC Program. Its mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people’s well-being. Its vision is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

About SGS 

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.

Did you know……..

Elizabeth I was a big fan of hats, and as a result, females who did not wear them on Sundays and public holidays were given a large fine during her reign.

Up until the 17th century, men didn’t wear underwear at all.

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