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FROM TEXTILE CARE SYMBOLS TO AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE CENTER FOR TEXTILE PLAYERS

 

 

Ginetex history

 

 

Until the mid-fifties, textiles consisted almost entirely of natural fibres. The new washing machines were generally used to wash white and coloured cotton and linen textiles. Two washing programs were therefore sufficient: 95° C for boiling and 60° C for non-colorfast dyed materials.


In the early sixties, chemical fibres were developed on a wide scale. At the same time, modern finishing techniques (easy care etc.) were introduced for natural fibres. New manufacturing techniques for the production of garments such as front fixing, bonding and welding of seams etc. also appeared on the market. Fashion developed at a remarkable rate. New sophisticated washing machines were launched. Textile care, once easy and straightforward, became increasingly complex. Whether informed consumers or experimented cleaning professionals, no one was able to grasp the big picture when it came to efficient care for textiles and damage control, at all times.


In parallel to these ongoing technological developments, trade relations became far more international. Verbal care information was no longer sufficient and the use of symbols to avoid the use of different languages became vital! 

 

In 1963, GINETEX introduced the care labelling symbols


On March 26th, 1963, following several International Symposiums for Textile Care Labelling at the end of the 1950's, the international textile care labelling organization GINETEX ("Groupement International d’Etiquetage pour l’Entretien des Textiles") was founded, with head offices in Paris. The care symbols became registered trademarks in most countries. The founding members were the Benelux countries, the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Switzerland.

 

Today, a Worldwide textile labelling Competence Centre

 

The guiding principles of GINETEX defined at the time still remain largely valid today, but with the industry’s latest technical and ecological developments, our care labelling system is constantly called to centre stage for further updates and optimization.

 

Given the global scale on which textile players now operate, GINETEX has also widened its scope of expertise from a harmonized textile care labelling system to a centre of competencies - providing its members with full consultancy services on textile care labelling in regards to changing in regulations worldwide, technical supports, expertise and support from local and worldwide lobbying, normalization follow up, strategic planning, partnership developments, end-user sustainability initiatives (including the clevercare.info platform), and more…

 

News

RESULTS OF THE 3rd IPSOS EUROPEAN BAROMETER 2021

Environmental concerns are now central to Europeans’ new textile care habits.

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     BREXIT: IMPACT ON TEXTILE LABELLING

Textile labelling requirements in the UK will change starting 1st January 2021. Here are the main new requirements.

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A NEW PRESIDENT FOR GINETEX

Mr. Alejandro Laquidain, from Consejo Intertextil Español, has been elected President of GINETEX for 2 years starting 1 January 2021.

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THE CHARTER FOR SUSTAINABLE CLEANING

A.I.S.E. presents first products which comply with the renewed detergents industry sustainability standard and relaunched its cleanright.eu platform.

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RESULTS OF THE 2ND IPSOS EUROPEAN BAROMETER 2019

One of the main findings is that durability of clothing is at the heart of Europeans’ interests, who wish to keep their garments for as long as possible. 

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HOW TO CLEAN A FABRIC FACE MASK

In the time of Covid-19, GINETEX gives you the main recommendations on how to take care for your fabric face mask.

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GINETEX SIGNS THE UN CHARTER

By signing the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, we continue our commitment to make consumers and brands aware of the changes necessary to decrease the impact of the textile and Fashion industry on the environment

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SUSTAINABLE TEXTILE CARE

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

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A NEW PARTNERSHIP

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

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A BAROMETER FOR CARE LABELLING

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

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JOINT INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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THE MAP

Video

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.

 

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