District of Columbia
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
As a consumer, I think this regulation is extremely important. In order for me to be able to handle and treat my clothes properly when I clean them, I expect the labeling of the garments to aid in that process. Also, because clothes that require special treatment when washing are usually of higher quality and are therefore more expensive than those that don't need more than a regular washer/dryer when cleaning, it is important for those special clothes to be marked clearly and boldly so that consumers do not mistakenly treat them incorrectly. I also appreciate that the regulation requires textile/clothes manufacturers to defend their reasoning for choosing a particular type of treatment to be used to clean the clothes, because this ensures that consumers who do read labels and follow directions are doing what is actually best for the materials and not simply based on a random choice of treatment by the textile manufacturer.