16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
Please continue to require care labels inside of clothing and other consumer goods. It is important in both the initial purchasing decision as well as ensuring the longevity of a purchases to avoid additional cost/waste down the road. I frequently use the care labels when determining if I should purchase an item BEFORE it is purchased. For example: If an item of clothing will require dry-cleaning, then I am less likely to purchase the item due to the additional costs associated with cleaning it. If an item for my young child states it should only be spot-cleaned (instead of fully immersed during washing), then I am less likely to buy it due to cleanliness concerns. If a kitchen item that I will use frequently requires hand-washing every time, then I am less inclined to purchase the item due to concerns with ease of use. I also use the care labels when determining how best to care for an item to ensure it's longevity after purchase. There is nothing worse than buying an item and washing it for the first time, only to find out you have ruined it and will potentially have to spend more money on its replacement. This is especially true with gifts received from others. If you don't know how to care for it and don't know where it was purchased, chances are it won't last nearly as long in your household, thus contributing further to the overall waste of the population.