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The FTC Wants to Hear From You About Your Clothes

July 7, 2011

Photo by domesticat. Some rights reserved.

Aside from the fact that it sometimes pokes you in the back of your neck, how are you feeling about the “Instructions for Care” label on that shirt you just bought?  Not sure what to do with the instruction “Do Not Wash”?  Having trouble deciphering the funny symbols?  Well, now is your chance to have your voice heard!

Per a news release issued today, the FTC is soliciting public comments as it reviews its “Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods.”   The full text of the request for public comment has recently been published in the Federal Register, and offers a series of “specific questions” related to the Care Labeling Rule.  

The document also includes compelling bits of trivia, such as the fact that the labeling requirement was introduced in 1971.  Makes sense, given that the 60s were all about cultural revolution — not to mention awesome but tricky-to-wash threads.  Oh, and did you know that the federal government’s definition of “cold,” “warm,” and “hot” water officially changed in 2000?  Now there’s something to file away.

Aside from exercising your right to vote and blowing stuff up on the 4th of July, what better way to participate in the rich fabric (ahem) of our democracy?  You have until September 6 to chime in.


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