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Labels and clothing

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Meagan Ng

on 15 January 2014

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Transcript of Labels and clothing

What should a clothing label contain?
A clothing label
must
provide instructions about regular care for the garment or article (provided in English or French, according to Government of Canada).

The Federal Trade Commission(FTC) states the following:
Labels must be attached so that they can be easily seen or found by the purchaser at the point of sale.
Flammability Standards
Clothing labels provide us with important information and must be provided in your regional language.
Labels
A "label" is any label, stamp, imprint, device, sign, mark, brand, or ticket.
However, there are a few exceptions that the FTC has allowed:
Products that have applied for the exemption.
Labels and clothing
Two groups: representation labels and disclosure labels.
Did you know!

The Province of Quebec has made additional requirements concerning the use of French on their labels?


Reversible clothing without pockets.
Products that may be dry cleaned, dried, bleached, ironed, washed.
These products do not need a permanent care label, however they still must include a temporary label at the point of sale.
The following items don't need care instructions:
Products sold to institutional buyers for commercial use.
Garments custom-made of material provided by the consumer.
Products that are completely washable and sold at retail for $3 or less.
The Textile Labeling Act prohibits a dealer:

From selling, importing into Canada, or advertising consumer textile articles.
From making any false or misleading advertisements or representations relating to the textile fibre products.
The Acts and Regulations are a set of laws that the Government of Canada has proposed to enforce regulations to ensure safe, secure, efficient and clean transportation.
Acts and Regulations
Flammability requirements were established in 1971 for all children's sleepwear in sizes up to and including 6X.
Violations
Failure to provide reliable care instructions and warnings for the useful life of an item is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act.
Under the Hazardous Products Act, there exists a basic, minimum flammability standard for all consumer textile articles.
Issues and Concerns
European Union (EU) enforced a law that requires any article of clothing imported from North American must include 23 languages in their clothing labels.
Products which do not meet the fixed requirements cannot be sold, advertised or imported into Canada.
Washing Instructions: Five Elements

One: Washing by hand or by machine
Two: Bleaching
Three: Drying
Four: Ironing
Five: Warnings
Issues and Concerns cont.
April 29th, 2013: the deadliest garment factory incident occurred. 1,129 workers died when the commercial building had collapsed.

Issues and Concerns cont.
The label tells you where the product was made, as consumers, we should care about this.
Shopping by the label: people who buy anything that’s made in poor third-world countries.
What can we do about this?
Check the label to see what materials are being used and what country it's made in.
Sweatshop collapsing in Bangladesh
Bibliography
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"The Intensely Irritating Reason Your Clothes Labels Are Getting MUCH Bigger... and Even Itchier." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 17 Mar. 2013. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295039/The-intensely-irritating-reason-clothes-labels-getting-MUCH-bigger--itchier.html>.
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Davidson, Helen. "Made in Bangladesh 'a Label of Concern'" News. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/04/29/made-bangladesh-label-concern>.
Masoom, Melissa R. " xoJane." XoJanecom RSS. XoJane, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.xojane.com/clothes/bangladesh-garment-workers-building-collapse>.
"Where Can I Buy 'clean' Clothes?" Clean Clothes Campaign. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.cleanclothes.org/issues/faq/where-can-i-buy>.
By: Samantha Vuong and Meagan Ng
The label must last the useful life of the product.
If labels cannot be easily seen, additional care information must be attached on the outside.
Enforcement actions and penalties of up to $16,000 for each offense.
Penalties have ranged as high as $300,000.
A large population of consumers cut of the clothing label after they purchase the article of clothing.
Most labels are made of man-made fibers, which tend to make you itch.
Complaints have been received about the larger labels.
Most third-world industries are known for poor working conditions, unsafe and unhygienic environments, low wages and exploitation.
Despite their harsh working conditions, the labourers barely pay off their basic rent from working at a garment industry.
Mechanics of Labeling
WRONG!
80% polyester
20% SILK
CORRECT!
80% polyester
20% silk
A warning is only necessary when a care procedure on one product could cause harm to another product being washed with it.
Buying organic made clothes.
Buy ethical fashion
Durand, Phebe. "Sell Handmade? Know the Label Laws." Yahoo Contributor Network. Yahoo Contributor Network, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.
"Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts | BCP Business Center." Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts | BCP Business Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus21-threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile-and-wool-acts>.
"The-issues." What Is Ethical Fashion? N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ethicalfashionforum.com/the-issues/ethical-fashion>

decide whether or not if you’d like to purchase that article of clothing.
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