The strange phenomenon of towels
According to CCTV Finance, Gaoyang County, Hebei Province is a The largest towel production base has an annual output of 5 billion towels, accounting for about one-third of the country’s total. One out of every three towels on the market is produced in Gaoyang. However, when reporters visited Gaoyang, they discovered some strange phenomena. Sales staff from some manufacturers told reporters that although they are marked as complying with national standards, some towels are actually not guaranteed to pass the test.
Reporter: “Is this guaranteed to be tested?”
Salesperson from Hebei Gaoyang Towel City: “This? This is not guaranteed to be tested.”
The person in charge of Hebei Dior Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.: “No guarantee of testing.”
The person in charge of Gaoyang Kangxuan Xinxin Towel Factory: “No guarantee of testing, five yuan All are not guaranteed, let alone those with more than three yuan.”
Towels are Class B textiles that are in direct contact with human skin. To ensure the quality of towels, “Textile Fibers” “Content Labeling” national standards and national standards for towels have detailed regulations on the cotton content, hair removal rate, color fastness, PH value, etc. of towels.
The general manager of Jinhaoyang Textile Co., Ltd. said that Jinhaoyang’s production lines are divided into two types, one is a high-speed textile machine, and most of the towels woven meet the requirements of National standards, while the other is a low-speed textile machine that sometimes uses local cheap yarn to process low-grade towels that cannot meet national standards.
General Manager of Jin Haoyang Textile Co., Ltd.: “The hair removal rate cannot guarantee the hair removal rate of towels woven with 14-count yarn. No one can guarantee the hair removal rate. The hair removal rate will definitely Exceeding the standard.”
Yongliang Towels is one of the larger local towel manufacturers in Gaoyang. Sales Director Manager Zhai told reporters that the towels produced by Yongliang are also divided into two types , one is guaranteed to pass the test, and the other is a low-end towel called “Temaihui”, which is not guaranteed to pass the test.
Reporter: “Then our special offer on this product should guarantee testing, right?”
Manager Zhai, Sales Director of Hebei Gaoyang Yongliang Textile Co., Ltd.: “No guarantee, we said guarantee testing, the testing standard is the national standard, it does not meet the national standard.”
Why are some towels not guaranteed to pass the test? The reporter learned that most Gaoyang towel manufacturers purchase yarn from upstream manufacturers and then use textile machines to weave towels. In other words, the quality of the yarn directly determines the quality of the towel. The reporter found that the yarn used by these companies is basically packaged in white plastic, without any information such as product name, factory name and address marked on it.
What raw materials are used for these yarns and how are they produced? The reporter decided to follow up and investigate the upstream of this industry – yarn manufacturers.
The yarn raw materials are shocking
In Xinliuzuo Village, Gaoyang County, the reporter found A company specializing in the production of towel yarn, the warehouse is full of finished yarn.
Reporter: “What do customers mainly use your yarn for now?”
Manager Feng of Hebei Gaoyang Yarn Manufacturing Company: “Making towels.”
Reporter: “Towels are the most common, right? Is it mainly making towels or something else?” ”
Manager Feng of Hebei Gaoyang Yarn Manufacturing Company: “Mainly making towels, nothing else.”
There is an ingredient pool in the factory production workshop. In the pool are the raw materials used to spin terry yarn. Some are very white, some are yellow, some are black, and some are stained with green stains. There is a pungent smell and the impurities inside are clearly visible.
Manager Feng of Hebei Gaoyang Yarn Manufacturing Company: “There are more impurities.”
Manager Feng told reporters that most of these raw materials are recycled cotton, so the colors look very mixed, as the industry said Recycled cotton refers to various scraps, rags, threads, etc. from some textile factories that have been recombed and rebloomed to become regenerated cotton or recycled cotton, which is cheaper than new cotton.
Manager Feng of Hebei Gaoyang Yarn Manufacturing Enterprise: “Use it again, use it again, use it again, it is regenerated.”
Various scraps and recycled cotton are spun into yarn through a few simple processes. Manager Feng said that regenerated cotton is short fiber and does not have enough tensile strength. Some chemical fibers must be added during spinning. In addition, regenerated cotton is dirty and has large impurities. The yarn spun cannot be used to weave towels at all. Therefore, they The finished yarns are usually packed in blank packaging without any information such as raw materials, ingredients, factory name and address.
Reporter: “There’s no marking on it, right?”
Gaoyang, Hebei Province Manager Feng of the yarn production company: “Nothing.”
The reporter visited many companies.Zhi.
Reporter: “I wonder if towel yarn has this?”
Nanjingzhai, Handan, Hebei The person in charge of the village’s recycled cotton processing plant: “Put it all in, use it all, mix it all with it. Didn’t I tell you all about it? It’s all mixed with ingredients and used with ingredients. I’m sending it all the way to Gaoyang.”
Reporters investigated in many places in Henan, Shandong, and Hebei and found that various scraps, even recycled cotton processed from old clothes, were not labeled with any product information or warnings. It was sold to a yarn factory and made into yarn. The yarn was also not marked with product information or warnings, so it was sold to a towel factory and finally made into towels. As for the various problems existing in the raw materials, the problems in each link Practitioners know this very well.
General Manager of Jin Haoyang Textile Co., Ltd.: “We use this 14-count yarn, which is also cheap scraps. Let me tell you, cotton is It costs more than 16,000 yuan per ton! Logically speaking, towels with 14-count yarns should not be produced. None of the hair removal rates meet the standard.”
Gaoyang, Hebei Province Yarn practitioner: Once the old clothes or jeans are bleached and the machine is turned on, this kind of yarn is usually rubbed all over the face. ”
Knowing that such towels are substandard, they are labeled with national standards and sold throughout the country through small and medium-sized supermarkets, wholesale markets, e-commerce, etc.
General Manager of Jin Haoyang Textile Co., Ltd.: “About how many towels can be worn in a whole year. “
Manager Zhai, Sales Director of Hebei Gaoyang Yongliang Textile Co., Ltd.: “In this price range, you can get goods worth five to six million yuan. ”
Reporter: “How much can Special Mai do in a year?” “
Manager Zhai, Sales Director of Hebei Gaoyang Yongliang Textile Co., Ltd.: “Let’s make it 50 million yuan. ”
After the CCTV Financial Channel 3.15 Party exposed the quality problems of towels and yarns in Gaoyang, at 8 pm on July 16, the Gaoyang County Party Committee and County Government attached great importance to it and immediately held an emergency meeting to establish a special rectification project The leadership team arranged deployment overnight for the exposed issues.