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Eco-system Showcase to discuss hazards of performancewear
Feb '15
The harmful side-effects involved in the production of chemically treated performance fabrics and their repercussions on the workers, wearer and ultimately the environment will be the focus of discussion at the upcoming Eco-system Showcase, a two-day-long event to be held as part of the global intimates and swimwear trade show Interfiliere Hong Kong.

Due to take place from March 17 to 19, 2015 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will create an interactive zone for visitors to help them gain understanding of the health and ecological hazards posed by these treated garments.

In addition to health concerns for consumers who wear these treated textiles, the ‘Human’ themed interactive sessions will also discuss issues related to workers’ health and working conditions as well as the communities surrounding the manufacturing plants.

The event will host discussions on six main topics- chemicals and textile globalisation, role of NGOs, REACH regulation, ethical associations and safety labels, collaborative initiatives from companies, case study of 2013’s Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and improvement on laws.

Also sustainability conference to deliver in-depth review and insight for the intimate apparel industry experts will take place on the sidelines of the Eco-system Showcase.

In order to produce high performance fabric, manufacturers either embed chemicals in yarn or go through a process of applying finishes or coatings after production. While these chemicals improve performance, there is a growing consensus that they pose hazards to not only environment but also to human health. (PB)

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