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 #00027 

Submission Number:
00027 
Commenter:
Herbert Woodruff
Organization:
Premier Dry Cleaners
State:
Missouri
Initiative Name:
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

The current ASTM guidelines should be changed to include more items, for example, trims and plasticizers. The current reasonable basis excludes these materials and personally, I have seen many that have been ruined due to incorrect or unspecific care labels. As a GreenEarth cleaner, I would like to see GreenEarth represented on care labels. It is the gentlest solvent available which differentiates it from other solvents and I feel that this should be properly represented on care labels. In cases where drycleaning and wetcleaning are appropriate, I would like to see a “Do not wash” label in garments so that consumers do not become confused. Labels need to have the word “professional” before saying wet clean. Without the word “professional”, people will take that as meaning that it can be thrown in the washing machine at home. This will cause problems for the consumer because their garment will be ruined and it will also cause problems for the garment manufacturer because the customer will complain to them and try and hold them responsible. Including the word “professional” would eliminate a lot of confusion.