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Laundry Symbols Chart

June 26, 2012 by staff 

Laundry Symbols Chart, Federal Trade Commission and by mid-morning, clothing and laundry appliance manufacturers, retailers, detergent and bleach companies and other industry members will be unfolding a basket full of new educational materials for consumers. The industry will be joining the FTC to unveil their contributions to “FTC Project CLEAN” — Care Labeling Education and Awareness Network — a campaign to educate consumers about the new, voluntary symbols that can start appearing on clothing care labels beginning today. The symbols, which show consumers how to safely launder or clean their clothing, will be permitted on care labels so long as the manufacturers include with the garments a written explanation of what the symbols mean for the first 18 months they are in use. In granting the industry permission to use symbols on care labels instead of written words, the FTC pledged to coordinate a national campaign to help consumers in the transition to symbols by making sure they have easy access to additional descriptive information regarding how to care for their clothing.

Laundry Symbols Chart

At a press conference this morning, the FTC and its partners revealed numerous projects toward that end. The FTC’s third floor hearing room was heaped with items bearing the new symbols — strung from one side of the room to the other was a clothesline on which hung FTC- logo T-shirts, each sporting one of the five basic symbols; a coat rack displayed garments with the symbols and explanations; a television set in one corner ran a 30-second video to be shown on a TV shopping program; a computer in another corner demonstrated a compact disc chock-full of “how to” information developed for clothing manufacturers; a stain removal chart displaying the care symbols on the reverse side was available for hanging in consumers’ laundry rooms; someone was ironing shirts with an iron showing the iron-related symbols; and a bleach bottle, a detergent box and assorted other items also were labeled with the soon-to-be-familiar symbols.

“Thanks to industry contributions to FTC Project CLEAN, consumers will find the care symbols and explanations on bottles, boxes, hang tags, hangers, charts and a myriad of other places beginning today,” said Jodie Bernstein, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “As a result of this ongoing partnership effort, consumers will be awash with information about how to get the best looking laundry — perhaps more information than they had before the symbols went into effect.

“We’re grateful for the contributions of industry, which we know has a stake in getting this information out,” Bernstein continued. “The apparel industry petitioned the Commission to permit use of symbols so that American-made products can be marketed with the same care labels throughout North America. Making sure consumers recognize and understand the symbols is critical to industry and to the FTC.”

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