Submission Number: 00004
Received: 7/12/2011 11:40:42 AM
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
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Please see my comments on the overall costs, benefits, necessity, and regulatory and economic impact of the FTC’s Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (“Care Labeling Rule” or “Rule”.
I am on the retailer's end of supply chain and work to create and allocate the right care labels for all the various garments that we sell. I find that the time and efforts we spend on getting the legitimate care label on garments does not really server the ultimate goal of educating the consumer about laundering habits. We have surveyed our consumer and the percentage of people that donot read care lables is most of the time higher than the ones that do. Even a Cotton inc study published last year found the same. As per 2008 data - Only 50 to 62% people follow care. Their research also shows most people do "COLD" wash and "LOW or MEDIUM" Dry on their clothes.
If this rule is removed it will help the entire Wearing Apparel and Piece Goods supply chain from all the money that they spend on validating the care by paying for the 3rd party testing labs as well as having a library of lables.
We can provide recommended care to consumer but its should be free of all the "dos and musts" that the current regulations call for.