Submission Number: 00080
Received: 11/16/2012 5:44:21 PM
Commenter: karl huie
Organization: pacific heights cleaners
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 423 - Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”); Project No. R511915
Attachments: No Attachments
In 2007 I converted my PERC dry cleaners to a Professional Wet Cleaner, and completely eliminating solvents from our process. I strongly support requiring manufacturers to use a Professional Wet Cleaning label to provide clarity to consumers. From my experience as both professional dry cleaner with solvents and Wet Clean, I can honestly state that a professional dry cleaner can successfully clean the same amounts of garments with either of the systems available on the market. There are tradeoffs, solvents do better in certain situations and Wet Clean cleans better in others. The bottom line is, however, that Wet Clean is a viable environmentally friendly alternative to solvent dry cleaning and needs to be recognized as such.
Without a requirement for a professional Wet Clean label, consumers become confused as to whether a garment is cleanable is such a manor. Many consumers want a more sustainable, greener alternative to solvents but are unsure of the use of Wet Clean as an alternative due to the lack of labeling on the care tags.
In summary, I urge the FTC to require a ‘Professional Wet Clean’ label on textile wearing apparel and piece goods. I request that FTC hold a hearing or workshop on this rule. I also request more time for other cleaners to submit comments on this proposed rule. There was very little time given to us to comment and our industry expertise constitutes valuable evidence towards the questions asked by the FTC.
Pacific Heights Cleaners