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Press Release – 5th June, 2018



Three industry associations, representing home appliances, detergents and the textile care sector, are determined to help consumers save water, reduce CO2 emissions and their monthly bills.

By publishing a set of common tips on how to make the best use of a washing machine and laundry detergents while keeping their favourite clothes as new, the organisations guide users for sustainable laundering, from the moment they buy an appliance to the disposal of their empty detergent packaging.

Following up on latest consumer research studies, 2 out of 10 Europeans still do not fully load their washing machine and, only a bit more than half of the consumers (57%) claim they add the correct amount of detergent (A.I.S.E., 2017) and 30% of Europeans still do not follow the textile care instructions, but 80% admit they would not buy clothes without any labels (GINETEX 2017).


 “By working on this together, we believe that we will be stronger in helping consumers making small changes to their daily habits. Did you know that in Europe, more than 1000 washes are started every second? Consumers can wash confidently most of their clothes at low temperatures whilst saving energy, CO2 and money. Such small habits changes can make a big difference, reduce the laundry environmental footprint and help fight climate change” said Susanne Zänker, A.I.S.E. Director-General.


Paolo Falcioni, Director-General of APPLiA noted: “A number of studies have noticed that consumers often feel confused whether they are doing their laundry in the way they should. For this reason, together with A.I.S.E. and GINETEX, we have decided to give consumers a hand and help them follow a few simple steps that lead to sustainability and bring us closer to a Circular Society.”

Adam Mansell, President of GINETEX, said: “By changing our day-to-day habits just a little and by following these easy to use tips, all of us will be able to have a direct, positive, impact on the environment, help our textiles last longer and save money. This common initiative between A.I.S.E., APPLiA and GINETEX, on European level, shows the importance of joining our efforts around sustainable textile laundry for the benefits of our common consumers, our brand members and the planet.”



The short and clear list of tips underlines the need to pay attention to the energy class when choosing an appliance, advises to wash clothes at a low temperature, load machines appropriately, pay attention to textile care labels, use the right dosage of detergent and a lot more.

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A.I.S.E. – the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance products -

APPLiArepresenting home appliance manufacturers from across Europe -

GINETEX – the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, which has devised an internationally applicable care labelling system for textiles based on symbols -   




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GINETEX continues to invest in the promotion and protection of its trademarks all over the world in over 70 countries today.


This approach is part of our overall strategy to ensure a worldwide, harmonized care labelling system, compliant with the ISO 3758:2012 standard. Our ultimate aim is that all consumers - at any time and place - may read and easily understand label care instructions to optimally care for their textiles.


GINETEX is proud to announce that over the past few months, its five-symbol trademark has been registered in China and India. These are two very important markets for GINETEX licensees, as an increasing number of national apparel brands are also exporting from these markets.


Last year, GINETEX also concentrated its efforts on achieving the registration of its symbols in South America, South Africa and several Arabian countries, as these countries are becoming more significant on the worldwide market., the GINETEX sustainable textile care logo, is also being registered as a trademark. So far, its registration process is almost finalized in over 50 countries.



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A New partnership

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      Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sustainable Apparel Coalition logo

In May 2017, GINETEX decided to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The SAC is already very active on the issue of sustainability in the apparel and textile supply chain. SAC’s vision is to aim for an apparel, footwear and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary harm to the environment and has a positive impact on the people and communities that are linked to its activities. Some of GINETEX licensees are already members.



“GINETEX is proud to be part of this worldwide initiative and will actively participate in SAC work on the challenging road of transforming sustainability goals into reality for our textile and apparel industry” indicates Adam Mansell, GINETEX President.



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A barometer for Textile care labelling in Europe

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        GINETEX European barometer



70% of Europeans follow the textile care instructions featured on the labels and
80% admit that they would not (or would rarely) buy clothes without any labels,
While another 84% feel concerned by water and energy savings.


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GINETEX, the international Association for Textile Care Labeling, called upon the French market research company IPSOS, to evaluate the behavior of European Consumers with regards to textile product labels and care symbols. This study, carried out in December 2016, combines the results of six different countries, gathered from a sample of 6,000 people in Germany, England, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Sweden.


This IPSOS study reveals that 70% of Europeans follow the textile care instructions represented by the symbols. At a pan-European level, 57% even admit that they follow them 'often' and 13% do so 'always'. These figures illustrate the importance of care instructions in the minds of European consumers.



  • 38% state that they follow these instructions in order to avoid washing problems such as shrinking, in the first place
  • 31% follow them in order to preserve their clothes and keep them longer, as a second reason


Overall, Europeans consider labels as too cumbersome and 62% admit cutting them out: for 74% of them, the labels itch and irritate their skin and for another 55%, they are often too long and uncomfortable. These results can differ from one European country to another.

However, the presence of the label is a real purchasing criterion since 80% of Europeans state that they would never or rarely buy a piece of clothing without a label.


Internet and smartphones: true virtual partners for textile labels


Here's from a positive perspective: when solving a specific washing issue or when faced with symbols that they don't understand, 53% of respondents are curious about their meaning and automatically look them up on the Internet: 39% use a computer and 21% use their smartphone.


Ironing and washing symbols are the most recognized by Europeans!


The study reveals that the ironing and washing symbols are the ones that are best understood by our neighbors: scoring respectively 97% and 91%.


The three other symbols remain unclear to consumers:


  • The professional cleaning symbol is the least understood with 21% Europeans who interpret it properly
  • 39% do not know what the bleaching symbol stands for
  • 45% do not know what the drying symbol means


The same is true for special features such as underscores under the symbols, noticed by only 1 out of 4 Europeans.

On the other hand, the dots inside the ironing and/or the dryer drum symbols go more noticed, with one out of two Europeans (54%) who actually see them.

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Eco-care, a major issue for European consumers!

The IPSOS study reveals that 84% of Europeans feel concerned about water and energy savings. And among Europeans who feel concerned, 90% take specific eco-actions when caring for their textile products.

It is worth mentioning that European consumers already seem to adopt the proper eco-habits when caring for their textiles.


  • 62% choose "natural drying as soon as possible"
  • 61% do "mainly low temperature washes"
  • 44% use the "Eco program"

GINETEX values eco-caring for textiles, in particular via its logo, already used by a number of major international brands, in addition to the 5 textile-care symbols. With its own site dedicated to the general public, this logo's objective is to raise awareness and to inform consumers about the simple and easy actions to adopt for textile eco-caring.


"The results of this GINETEX-IPSOS barometer are positive and encouraging. They reflect the fundamental role of GINETEX and that of our international committees who work to increase the understanding of textile care symbols. Our mission is to work on a long-term basis - an effort also confronted with obstacles such as the misinterpretation of symbols and the removal of labels. Together with our member brands, we must continue to reinforce our actions with the general public to ensure all our symbols (and special features) are understood by all, throughout the world. Our permanent goal of standardizing and harmonizing our textile care labeling system worldwide contributes to this improvement every day", says Adam Mansell, President of GINETEX.


Study Methodology:
In this study, a sample of 6,000 people from Ipsos' Online Access Panel, aged between 18 and 65 and representative of the European population was surveyed for the following countries: Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Sweden. The survey was conducted online in December 2016.



GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, was first founded in Paris in 1963 following several international Symposiums for Textile Care Labelling at the end of the 1950’s. GINETEX has devised an internationally applicable care labelling system for textiles based on symbols. The pictograms used are registered trademarks and are the GINETEX property. The care labelling system gives consumers and textile companies the correct information on the care treatment of textile products. The processes indicated by the symbols will avoid any irreversible damage to the product. GINETEX is composed by 22 national organisation members. These organisations represent all interested parties concerned with textile care and labelling.


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About is the GINETEX logo for sustainable textile care, applicable worldwide.
By adopting simple habits, consumers will care for their fabrics the clever way - extending the lifespan of their favourite fabrics while also caring for our planet!



A worldwide communications campaign

GINETEX is currently investing in a worldwide communications campaign to promote its logo. This will benefit its licensee companies worldwide, their consumers and... our planet!

Today, an increasing number of apparel companies agree that consumers are ready to hear from them on how to care for their textiles in order to keep them longer and in better shape, while also taking care of our planet. Consumers are now willing to change their day-to-day habits.

Apparel companies such as Agnes b., Carrefour, Engelbert Strauss Gmbh&Co, Esprit, Galeries Lafayette, Groupe Etam, H&M, Karmameju, KOOKAI, Marimekko, Peak Performance, Playshoes Gmbh, Sevira Kids, Stella Mc Cartney, Ragwear, etc. are adopting the logo on their care labels and strongly believe that textile eco-caring is a priority for our industry today. See all ambassadors

Next year, for their 2018 collections, other companies will also follow this worldwide initiative.


Consumer-oriented communications
GINETEX developed, in order to advise consumers that they can influence the environmental impact of garment care by carefully following the care symbols found on a textile label – The most relevant way in which consumers can reduce the carbon footprint of clothing and textiles in general is to change the way they care for them. Laundry alone accounts for approx. 30% of the carbon footprint of clothing. Fully aware of this market trend, GINETEX licensees are starting to use the logo on their care labels and are developing consumer worldwide communications.

Two GINETEX promotion campaigns are available for external communications. If you are an apparel or textile company, please note that these GINETEX tools can be translated in your national language.



A 1,45" video spot on Youtube !




A lively and fun comic strip

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Eco-caring for fabrics



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A.I.S.E., APPLiA & GINETEX are publishing their joint tips for sustainable laundering.



GINETEX, the five-symbol trademark is now registered in China and in India.



GINETEX is now member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Both of our international organizations are teaming up for a better world!



GINETEX, in partnership with IPSOS, unveils the outcomes of its European barometer "Europeans and textile care labelling".


SUSTAINABLE TEXTILE CARE, a full marketing program aimed at end-customers. Discover more with our video and comic strips!


National Members

National Members

GINETEX relies on 22 National Members in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. To reach the GINETEX entity in your country, please visit our interactive map.




video spot clevercare

GINETEX has developed an internationally applicable logo for sustainable care. Consumers are given information to help them reduce the environmental impact of caring for textile.




Two times a year, GINETEX headquarters issue a newsletter covering textile care labelling information. Please register to be best informed.