What’s on a Clothing Care Label?
You know those labels attached to your clothes that tell you how to wash and care for them? By law, those labels have to be there. The FTC’s Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to garments.
This Rule is up for review, and to discuss proposed changes, the FTC will host a public roundtable in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013. The session will focus on a proposal to allow manufacturers and importers to include professional instructions for wetcleaning – an environmentally friendly alternative to drycleaning – on garment labels. Other questions up for discussion:
- Should the FTC require a wetcleaning instruction for garments that can be washed using this method?
- Do consumers know what wetcleaning is?
- What’s the availability of wetcleaning for consumers?
- What exactly should wetcleaning label instructions say?
The roundtable also will cover ASTM (ASTM International) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) care symbols. How do they differ? What should be required if symbols are used to comply with the Rule? Do consumers understand these symbols? In addition, the roundtable will address the Commission’s proposal to clarify the Rule’s reasonable basis requirements.
If you’d like to participate as a panelist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3, 2013. Please include a brief statement explaining your knowledge of the relevant issues along with your contact information (phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address).
We also welcome public comments! Any written comments about the agenda topics, the issues discussed at the roundtable, or the issues raised in comments received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking must be received by October 15, 2013.