Prime Minister António Costa asked all Portuguese to start using reusable masks produced by the Portuguese industry and, in the reception to four associations of the sector (Portuguese Textile and Clothing Association, National Association of Clothing and Apparel Industries, National Association of Home Textile Industries and National Association of Wool Industry), highlighted the advantages of use.
“It is environmentally friendly and avoids destroying resources that can and should be reused, protects us against the pandemic and protects the jobs of those working in the textile industry and the textile industry companies themselves,” said the prime minister, as it can be seen in a video of the Government’s responsibility and inserted in its institutional page.
In a session in which the associations offered examples of reusable and certified community masks produced by Portuguese companies, António Costa also highlighted “the enormous effort that the textile industry has been making over these months to adapt to reality”.
António Costa added that despite the fall in the supplier market, companies managed to reinvent themselves to create something indispensable to the lives of all citizens: masks and personal protective equipment.
Until June 30, the support mechanisms promoted by the Government had supported a total of 407 productive innovation projects, 41 research and development projects for Covid-19, 16,927 under Adaptar Micro and 728 under Adaptar PME. Of these, 105 relate to textile projects and 134 to clothing, with an accumulated eligible investment of 226.9 million euros just for projects in the sector.
Source: Jornal T
The entire textile sector met this wednesday with the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition and with the Secretary of State for the Economy, to discuss measures to support companies in the sector in the context of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and to alert the government to urgent job defense measures.
Before a delegation whose representation Minister Siza Vieira did not fail to point out – all four associations representing the sector, the Portuguese Textile and Clothing Association (ATP), the National Association of Wool Industries (ANIL), the National Association of Home Textiles (ANIT-LAR) and the National Association of Clothing and Apparel Industries (ANIVEC / APIV) – the Ministry showed great openness to hear and later discuss within the executive the measures that the sector considers essential to overcome the context of crisis .
The most important of them has to do with the use of all the instruments placed at the disposal of companies to defend jobs and, if possible, with the creation of new instruments that are directed in this same direction. The simplification of administrative procedures was also highlighted by the textile sector.
The main objective of the proposals is to keep companies in a waiting rhythm that will allow them to overcome the deepest crisis phase – which, in a scenario considered by some to be too optimistic, should happen in the second half of next year – to reach open doors to next phase, business resuscitation.
The sector also reminded Siza Vieira and the Secretary of State, João Correia Neves, of the profoundly negative consequences for the national context if, in this phase of full return to economic activity, companies are insolvent, close to insolvency or unable to place running all its installed capacity.
It is necessary to remember that since last March, consumption of textile and clothing products has dropped dramatically in a general way worldwide, affecting the entire value chain of the textile and clothing industry, a situation that can only change when there is a massive return of confidence international consumers and the resumption of purchasing power in the main export destination markets.
In this context, concrete and effective measures are needed to enable the Portuguese textile and clothing industry to overcome the enormous challenges that lie ahead in the coming months, so that we can avoid the loss of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, the closure of thousands of companies , the degradation of a cluster that is unique in the European context and the loss of competitive capacity that was only conquered by the entrepreneurial spirit and the strong resilience of all the people who work daily in these sectors of activity.
After the meeting at the Ministry of Economy, the delegation of the textile sector met with Prime Minister António Costa, who was offered social masks, reusable and certified, produced in Portugal. The initiative aimed to raise awareness among the authorities of the importance of promoting sustainability, through the use of reusable textile masks, as well as national production.
The masks came from the following companies: Baptista and Soares; Calvelex, Estamparia Adalberto, Gleba, Couveia & Campos, Lameirinho, Marjomotex II, P&R Têxteis, Pafil, Pedrosa & Rodrigues, Riopele, Samofil, Silsa, Subida, Tintex and TMG.
The Portuguese textile and clothing industry represents 10% of exports of national goods, 20% of employment, 11% of GVA, 8% of production and turnover of the manufacturing industry, having exported 5.3 billion euros in 2019, billed 7.7 billion euros and employs 138,750 direct workers, according to the ATP.
Source: Jornal T
The reusable and sustainable social textile mask and bag GLEBA – PROTECT 2020 is aimed at European consumers who are concerned with ecology, ensures several washes at a temperature above 60º and allows ironing at 110º (sterilization) without losing permeability would come.
In this context, a working group was created, involving companies, industrial companies, a REMIT university research center from UPT, FEUP, technological centers, CITEVE and CESAE, an industrial design and health professionals, which allowed to gather ideas for the development of sustainable products, within the “circular economy” that contribute to reducing the contagion of COVID-19.
The objective of this working group was to solve the following problem: “at the moment, there is a proliferation in the market of disposable or reusable products manufactured with non-recyclable raw materials that hinder people’s work and leisure and that will result in a very negative impact on sustainability ”.
As a result of this project, a national brand product called GLEBA Protect is born, making it a product of the circular economy, taking into account the materials used, with recyclable characteristics and a low cost per use.
– 100% cotton interlock
– Nasal clip in 100% aluminum
– Elastic rubber coated cotton
– Certification of fabric and mask by CITEVE
– Ergonomic design (adjustable to each user’s physiognomy)
– Responsibility for the management and recycling of Ponto Verde packaging
– Sustainability Certificates for the process and raw materials
– 100% Biodegradable
Benefits of the Mask
– The fabric and mask are certified by CITEVE
– The mask model is available in three sizes (S, M and L) adapting to the physiognomy of each user
– Available in three colors (Black, Navy Blue and White). Other colors, by minimum order quantity
Pack of 5 units (why?)
– Ideally, each user should have 5 masks in their possession to be able to make an adequate management of exchange and daily washing.
– The use of each mask must be for a maximum period of 4 hours a day, and must be replaced with a new one at the end of that period or if it is wet
– The removed mask must be washed at a temperature of 60º C and ironed at a temperature of 110º C (sterilized) before being reused
Comfort in using the GLEBA Protect 2020 mask
– Lightness and ease of breathing (whether sitting, walking or doing sports, …)
– A single layer of fabric with a particle retention capacity above 70%
– Hypoallergenic (does not irritate the skin on the face)
– Nasal clip adjustable to the user’s physiognomy and does not hurt the nose
– Simple and functional design allows correct use of the mask during 4h on the face (cover the nose and chin)
– Elastic does not hurt the ears in use
– The raw materials used minimize the fogging of the user’s glasses
It is an ECO – RESPONSIBLE Mask (100% Biodegradable)