For this objective, the Association is working with the Department of Health, the decision-making and control authorities (ISS, EU Technical Working Groups, Customs agencies, local health authorities ASL, NAS) by providing its technical expertise and its network of relationships.
Tessile e Salute believes in fact that only by working synergistically it is possible to identify the most effective solutions for combating and preventing the spread on the Italian and European market of potentially harmful products.
In addition, the non-compliance is dangerous for consumers and penalizes businesses that operate within the law weakening so the productive system of Made in Italy.
While the Italian and European manufacturers in fact, operate in a strict legal framework that prohibits the use in processing of certain chemicals considered hazardous to health and are subject to EU regulation REACH, many imported items are manufactured in countries where the same substances are permitted or tolerated and have therefore a greater degree of dangerousness. There are also frequent cases of counterfeit items with images or logos “copied” from famous fashion houses but offered to the public at lower prices. The Italian producers also complain a strict inequality in international trade relations: in fact, they have to face many difficulties in exporting their products to many countries because of protectionist legislations while foreign producers are allowed to freely import to Italy and to Europe without any specific control. The commitment of Tessile e Salute is therefore also directed to obtain trade relations based on reciprocity and respect for the health of consumers.
But censoring misconduct and withdrawing harmful products from the market it is not enough: it is important to promote and support the businesses that operate within the law and that are committed to design and implement innovative sustainable products, capable of improving the quality of life of people. Much can also be done by consumers by claiming their right to purchase safe items, produced in environmentally friendly way and in terms of social equity and safety for workers.