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July 1, 2009
The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
Climate Change Bill
Soaring energy costs could be a side-effect of legislation passed
by the House of Representatives on June 26, a US textile group has warned.
Lawmakers voted 219-212 in favor of the so-called Climate Bill, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, create
"green" jobs and lessen the US economy's dependence on foreign oil imports.
But the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), along with most other manufacturing sectors, say they oppose the bill
"because it will significantly increase energy costs for domestic manufacturers but not those of its overseas competitors."
NCTO president Cass Johnson said: "With manufacturing in the United States sustaining record employment losses, it is an especially
bitter pill when the House passes a bill that will only ensure more job flight overseas.
"While last minute language was added regarding border adjusted taxation, this language is too discretionary and would not allow
the textile industry, even if the measure is implemented, to benefit because the trade impacted industries are not given a high
NCTO has now vowed to work to change the bill's provisions in the US Senate.
A model presents a metallic striped monokini by Roma
during International Lingerie Fashion
Show at the Rio Hotel in Las
Vegas April 20.
Photo by Jerome Hamilton
Skin-Friendly Fabric Testing
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology have developed new textile testing methods to certify textile products as
The testing process analyses a fabric's interaction with living skin cells to determine whether it is likely to induce an allergic
reaction or skin irritation in the wearer.
Textiles that pass the test series may be certified by Hohenstein as hypoallergenic, skin-friendly fabrics that will not irritate
"Skin sensitivity to allergens is a rapidly growing concern with many consumer audiences," says Dr Dirk Höfer, the department's
"A manufacturer's ability to state that his textile products have been tested and are certified as hypoallergenic is a significant
Hohenstein's certification will be of particular interest to companies that make textile products for infants and children as
well as for the intimate apparel, bodywear, legwear, and activewear markets.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 50m Americans suffer from allergen sensitivities.
A 2008 National Center for Health Statistics report indicated that of the 3m children suffering from food allergies (up 18% in the
decade), a third also have skin sensitivities. Scientists have identified more than 3,700 substances as skin allergens.
"Consumers are exposed to more potential skin allergens today than ever before," says Sam Moore who heads Hohenstein America.
"The textile products market has many new types of fibers and fabrics that are made all over the world with new textile
processing chemicals and dyes.
"This growth in innovation has also contributed to the increasing presence of potential skin irritants. For the sensitive consumer,
that can be distressing."
Hohenstein's hypoallergenic testing evaluates textiles on two key criteria.
First, testing determines that fabrics do not cause chemical damage to the human skin cells (cytotoxicity).
Second, it is ascertained that the fabrics do not elicit a stressful response from the skin cells which would indicate a
potential allergic reaction.
Hohenstein's hypoallergenic certification complements Oeko-Tex certification to reassure consumers that textile products have been
tested and verified as both safe and non-irritating to human skin.
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South Africa To Cut Textile
The South African Revenue Service plans to cut import duties paid
on fabrics needed for clothing production but which are not made locally or are in short supply.
A directive issued on Friday as part of its Customized Sector Program process says the move will help to bring down garment
costs and help local makers compete with cheaper overseas imports.
A boost in local manufacturing could also grow related industries like buttons, zips, interlinings and packaging.
According to the local newspaper, fabrics on which duties have been rebated include georgettes, chiffons, velvets,
velveteens, embroidered fabric and cotton and cotton blend fabrics manufactured
from yarns of different colors.
Victoria's Secret Counterfeit
A large stock of counterfeit Victoria’s Secret garments were seized
in Sri Lanka this week.
The police found over 10,000 pieces of finished garments and three large sacks of cut-pieces.
Among the items seized were fake shorts, hooded jackets and pants in a wide range of
They were stocked in a makeshift warehouse prior to export. The articles were copycats with fake Victoria's Secret labels.
The seized items are currently in the custody of a Sri Lankan Court.
"We have to protect the rights of foreign brands to get investments into Sri
Lanka. So the law enforcement authorities take these matters very seriously," said Sudath Perera, the head of Sudath
Perera Associates, a local law firm representing US-based Limited Brands Inc in Sri Lanka on brand protection matters.
The firm is representing Victoria's Secret Catalogue Inc in this court action.
The court has issued summons on one of the accused. If found guilty, under Sri Lanka's Intellectual Property Rights law, they
face fines of up to half a million rupees, or a prison term of up to two years, or both.
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A model presents a pimp costume by Eldorado
during International Lingerie Fashion Show at the Rio Hotel
Vegas April 20.
Photo by Jerome Hamilton
Two people have been reported killed, hundreds injured and dozens
of factories closed after Bangladeshi garment workers protesting against wage cuts and unpaid salaries clashed with police near the
The disputes at the Ashulia industrial zone, about 30km outside Dhaka, have been going on for three days, according to local media
reports - with an estimated 50,000 garment workers taking part.
The police are said to have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters after they became violent.
Bangladesh's garment industry, which has around 4,500 factories, is regularly disrupted by strikes and protests over low wages and poor
The basic minimum monthly salary of a garment worker is less than $1 a day, but a family of four spends around half of this on food.
Clothing factories are also thought to have cut wages by 20-30% in an bid to compete for orders with countries such as Vietnam, China
TJX Pays $9.75M Settlement
Off-price retailer The TJX Companies Inc has agreed to pay $9.75m
to 41 states after hackers breached the company's computer system more than two years ago and stole customer data.
The settlement comes after the states launched investigations into the theft of Visa card details of millions of TJX shoppers.
However, the retailer, which operates the TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores, denies violating any consumer protection or data security
Instead, it says the decision to settle "reflects TJX's desire to concentrate on its core business without distraction and to promote
cyber security measures that will benefit all consumers."
Jeffrey Naylor, chief financial and administrative officer, says TJX and the states "have agreed to take leadership roles in
exploring new technologies and approaches to solving the systemic problems in the US payment card industry that continue to plague
businesses and institutions and that make consumers in the United States worldwide targets for increasing cyber crime."
Of the settlement, $2.5m will be used to establish a new Data Security Fund for use by the states to advance effective data
security and technology.
In 2007 TJX reached a US$40.9m settlement with Visa USA Inc and Visa Inc, and in 2008 agreed to pay MasterCard $24m related to the
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