16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
Care tags could be replaced or made much smaller and simpler with the use of basic technology. All that is needed is a unique identifier for every single garment. This could be as simple as a barcode, QR code or an RFID chip. Embedded in the code would be a Manufacturer ID, product ID and serial number. Once every garment has a unique id, the manufacturer would be required to input this information into a centralized database that could be accessed by consumers, retailers, dry cleaners, etc...Anyone responsible during the life of the garment. This small investment at the beginning of the garment's life (it would probably cost less than the care tags now) would save hundreds of dollars throughout the life of the garment. Dry cleaners would not need to tag garments. If there was ever a claim for a lost or damaged item, it could be resolved quickly and easily. Retailers could easily track inventory and loss rates and returns. A simple standard like this could change the industry and have tremendous cost savings across the board.