The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

AGEC Law: TRIMAN signage and info-sorting 





Article L.541-10 of the French Environmental Code provides for the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). To fulfil their obligation, companies selling their products in France have an obligation to contribute to waste management via two alternative approaches: (1) To implement an individual waste collection and processing system, or (2) To become a member of an approved eco-organization (e.g.: Refashion for textiles/Citéo for packaging) in France to which they transfer their obligation and pay a financial contribution in return based on sales declaration.


In practice however (when faced with cost, organizational issues, etc.), companies prefer to join and become members of the eco-organization (Re-Fashion/Citéo) to free themselves from their EPR obligation. Most – not to say all - companies choose that solution.




The Unique Identification Number

Article 541-10 of the French Environmental Code provides that all producers that are concerned by EPR must register with the administrative authority (ADEME) and benefit from a unique identification number. This registration guarantees membership in the eco-organization, or the implementation of an individual waste management system. It provides relevant data to monitor and determine the quantitative and qualitative objectives of waste prevention and waste management for the sector.  


How do proceed?

Every producer selling products in France that fall within an EPR scheme (e.g. textiles, packaging) must register with a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) relevant to the product categories you carry: Refashion for textiles and Citéo for household packaging.


Refashion: How to get my Unique Identification Number (UID) ?

Citéo: How to get my Unique Identification Number (UID) ?


Contact information:


Maketers Hotline

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

+33 1 89 16 94 06



50, Boulevard Haussman 75009 Paris – France

+33 1 81 69 06 00




The TRIMAN logo & info-sorting

Implementation of the TRIMAN + info-sorting for textile products


Law No. 2020105 on the circular economy and the fight against waste (AGEC Law) issued on February 10, 2020, and imposes from January 1st 2022, the affixing of TRIMAN signage and info-sorting on products such as clothing textiles, household linen and footwear.


The obligation to affix the TRIMAN signage developed by ReFashion applies to all textile products and is therefore not dependent on a membership of the Refashion eco-organization.


Decree No. 2021-835 (June 29, 2021) on consumer information on waste sorting rules for products pertaining to the principle of extended producer responsibility specifies the terms of application of this AGEC law system.


The French Ministry validation on the info-sorting has been given on 31/01/2022 to Refashion. From that date, producers of clothing, household linen and footwear will have a period of 12 months to bring their products into compliance and to label them with the sorting information (the period is extended to 18 months if the products were manufactured before the Ministry's validation date).


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Implementing of the TRIMAN + info-sorting for household packaging


The sorting info supplements the Triman signage for household packaging in France, under article 17 of the AGEC law. As of January 1st 2022, and no later than March 9, 2023*, this new harmonized marking must appear on your household packaging if you market products that are intended for households and if your organization is subject to the Extended Producer Responsibility system (EPR). This includes hang-tags, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, etc. which are directly linked to your textile products.

*Note that products manufactured or imported before the validation date (September 31, 2021) benefit from an additional 6-month expiration period.

Citéo is the eco-organization providing mandatory sorting information for household packaging. In order to retrieve this sorting info, you must join the organization online, on their website:

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Mr. Alejandro Laquidain becomes President of GINETEX



Press Release - Paris, 26 October 2020




Mr. Alejandro Laquidain has been appointed President of the International Group for Textile Care Labelling. He succeeds to Mr. Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT.



GINETEX is pleased to announce the nomination of its new President, Mr. Alejandro Laquidain, for a period of two years. He has been unanimously elected at the last General Assembly of GINETEX on 23 October 2020, taking his new responsibilities on 1st January 2021. Previously, he was Vice-President of GINETEX.


Alejandro Laquidain, Spanish, has been Chairman of the Lakidain family group since 1985, a company that specializes in the production of lace, tulle, satin, accessories and a wide variety of fabrics. The group is located in Navarre (Spain) and owns a textile factory in Argentona (in the province of Barcelona) since 1976.


"It is an honor for me to now chair the GINETEX association and to continue the work that my predecessors have fully accomplished" comments Alejandro Laquidain. He adds: "GINETEX is the leading international organization for textile care labelling and as such, we have great challenges to take up. Over the next two years, I would like to strengthen the global presence of GINETEX by welcoming new international members and by promoting a smart labelling app project within the textile and clothing industry.”


Former President of GINETEX and elected Vice-President by the same General Assembly, Adam Mansell comments: I am delighted that Alejandro Laquidain is to become the new President of GINETEX. He has a huge wealth of experience in developing trade organisations and international bodies as well as having a lifetime’s knowledge of running a textile business – this makes him the ideal candidate. He is hugely respected in the industry and I very much look forward to supporting him over the next two years”.


Over his previous years, Alejandro Laquidain has built a significant professional experience in the textile industry. He occupied different mandates as President in the following Spanish organizations in the period between 2008 and 2019: Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Tules, Bordados y Encajes (TBE), Federación Textil Sedera (FTS), Confederación de la Industria Textil - TEXFOR and Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE).


Alejandro Laquidain was also a member of the Board of Directors of EURATEX (The European Apparel and Textile Confederation) from 2013 to 2018, the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE) from 2012 to 2016, and the Catalan organization Fomento del Trabajo Nacional from 2011 to 2018.


As a member of the Board of Directors of Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE) - the National Committee representing GINETEX in Spain since 2016 - he has served as Vice-President of GINETEX for the past year. He is also currently member of the boards of Federación Textil Sedera (FTS), and Confederación de la Industria Textil – TEXFOR.


Born in Barcelona in 1958, Alejandro Laquidain holds a degree in textile engineering, with a specialization in warp fabrics, obtained in Obertshausen (Germany).




First founded in Paris, in 1963, GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, has devised an internationally applicable care labelling system for textiles based on symbol, which aims at informing textile companies and consumers on the best way to care to their textiles. The pictograms used are registered trademarks and are property of GINETEX. GINETEX promotes these symbols worldwide and coordinates its technical contents on a global scale - which is essential for the definition and application of the care labelling code. Today, GINETEX counts 22 member-countries.



GINETEX contact:

Pascale FLORANT – Secrétaire Générale – +33 (0) 1 47 56 31 71




Results of the 2nd IPSOS European Barometer 2019

Durability of clothing and recognition of care symbols: GINETEX unveils the outcomes of the 2019 IPSOS European Barometer


 GINETEX European barometer


  • More than 8 out of 10 Europeans consider that the textile care label is useful.

  • The vast majority of Europeans (70%) follow the label's care instructions.

  • 2 out of 3 Europeans say that they care for their clothes in order to be able to wear them longer.

  • 75% of Europeans give their unwanted clothes to charities, associations or relatives, or drop them at a collection point.

  • 3/4 of Europeans never or rarely buy a garment without a care label.


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GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, unveils the results of the second European Barometer for 2019 "The textile care label and the Europeans", conducted with IPSOS. Today's survey was carried out in seven European countries: France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Spain.


Europeans appreciate their clothes and wish to keep them for as long as possible


This is one of the major trends identified by the barometer: Europeans like to buy clothes and pay attention to how they should take care of them. In the seven surveyed countries for instance, almost all respondents (97%) had purchased at least one item of clothing in the past six months. The proportions vary between 94% in Sweden and 98% in Italy and Spain.


Europeans are concerned about the durability of their clothing and pay great attention to their care instructions: 70% respect their textile’s label’s guidelines - a relatively stable result (+1 point) compared to the last edition of our barometer. On this specific subject however, answers differ quite significantly between the countries: 78% of Swedes follow the care instructions, 71% do so in France while only 64% do so in the United Kingdom.


When they were asked why they followed these guidelines, two out of three respondents mentioned that they wanted to keep their clothing for as long as possible – illustrating that durability of clothing is a widely shared issue in Europe.


"This barometer milestone is rich in teachings for our profession. Durability of clothing is at the heart of Europeans’ interests, who wish to keep their garments for as long as possible. Europeans - with disparity – find the label instructions very useful and have a high level of trust in their textiles’ care labels.”  Says Michael Hillmose, President of GINETEX


The textile care label: a true ally for Europeans who care for their clothes


Eight out of ten Europeans (82%) consider the textile care label useful. Although this figure remains significant, it drops to 76% in France and 79% in Spain. On the other hand, it reaches 86% in the Czech Republic, 85% in Italy and 84% in Sweden.


For a vast majority of respondents, the textile care label plays a crucial role in the purchase of a garment: 75% of Europeans would never (or rarely) buy a garment without care instructions. This answer testifies how important this label is to Europeans. Among them, the British and the Germans are the most attached to the care label: for 83% inhabitants of these countries, the purchase of a textile without a label is out of the question, or rare.


Generally, it is at the time of the first wash (47%) or when they purchase a garment (26%) that Europeans take a look at the instructions on the garment’s label. The Germans refer to it the most at the time of purchase (33%) and the Italians check it the most at the first wash (53%) together with the Swedes (52%). On these two points, the French range in the average figures of European behaviours: 45% of them check the label at the first wash, and 28% at the time of purchase.



Europeans are therefore sensitive to textile labels because they wish to care for their clothes. Now, whether they actually understand the care symbols is another question! The symbol for ironing is perfectly identified: 98% of Europeans recognize it. The same goes for the washing symbol, which is well recognized by almost nine out of ten people (89%). For the other symbols however, the proportions are much lower. Only 28% of respondents know the symbol for bleaching (although 45% in Spain and 40% in Italy do understand it), 24% know the symbol for drying and only 15% can identify the professional cleaning symbol.


And when they do not understand the care symbols on their label, almost half of the Europeans (49%) go on the Internet. In France, only 41% of those surveyed go online, while 56% of the Czechs or 55% of the Italians do so. In contrast, the French, like the Swedes, are 34% to fend for themselves in this situation: far more than all Europeans (26%).


Europeans remain committed to the idea of offering a second life to their clothing 


Today, awareness about environmental issues is rising everywhere and this trend is clearly present in our barometer. Hence, when Europeans no longer want a garment, only 7% throw it in the garbage - as opposed to 75% of Europeans who donate it (32% to associations, 13% to their relatives and 30% to collection points). Giving to a charity or an association is particularly common in the United Kingdom (57% of respondents), while people in Italy and the Czech Republic give it to relatives (respectively 18% and 19%), and people in Germany prefer to drop it in a collection point (52%).


In this context, it is particularly important to keep our clothes’ labels. They can be very useful, and even critical for people who recover clothes for a second life. 68% Europeans, however, cut their textile’s label - systematically or occasionally. In France, as many as 74% cut them. Conversely, only 45% of Britons cut their labels, and 60% of Swedes do so.



Study Methodology:
This study was carried out by IPSOS Institute for GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, with a sample of 1000 people aged 18 to 65 in each of the 7 countries (a total of 7 000 people): France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Spain. This study was conducted online from November 21st to 27th, 2018 in France and from June 21st to July 5th, 2019 in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Spain.



First founded in Paris, in 1963, GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, has devised an internationally applicable care labelling system for textiles based on symbol, which aims at informing textile companies and consumers on the best way to care to their textiles. The pictograms used are registered trademarks and are property of GINETEX. GINETEX promotes these symbols worldwide and coordinates its technical contents on a global scale - which is essential for the definition and application of the care labelling code. Today, GINETEX counts 22 member-countries.


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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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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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The Charter for sustainable cleaning

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



A.I.S.E., the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, hosted its first symposium on the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning 2020 on 12 February 2020. This event celebrated the appearance of the first products on the market in several countries in Europe, which comply with the renewed detergents industry sustainability standard. These products carry the new Charter marks on pack.


The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, initiated in 2005, has recently been upgraded to more complete and relevant requirements, and is aligned with the latest EU Green Deal, EU circular economy and plastics policy, climate change priorities and global policy expectations.


A comprehensive scheme tackling production, design and consumption


Companies who sign up to the A.I.S.E. Charter 2020+ commit to continuous improvement both in the manufacturing and in the formulation of their products. Consumer advice to promote safe and sustainable use of products is also provided, making it a very comprehensive sustainability scheme including annual reporting and independent verification. More than 200 companies are signed up to this scheme, representing the vast majority of the detergents and maintenance products market in Europe.


Engaging consumers


From now on, consumers will be able to progressively see products on the shelves with the new marks. Consumers can be assured that products carrying the Charter marks meet high standards for environmental safety, minimise waste and provide clear and transparent information on how to use them safely and in a more sustainable way, without compromising the cleaning performance.


Supporting communication on the Charter and practical tips to help consumers use these products more sustainably can be found on the portal recently relaunched. On this platform, in the laundry room, care labels are covered and tips taken from the initiative are relayed.


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Brexit: impact on textile labelling

The UK will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union on 1st January 2021



Whilst businesses have had a long time to prepare, this change will have a dramatic effect on every element of United Kingdom (UK)/ European Union (EU) trade. A potential Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU will establish whether and which goods will circulate between these two areas on a tariff free basis as well as other issues around border controls.


However, even if there is a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU, it is expected that

  • Customs declarations will still be required at the border in both directions;
  • ATA Carnets will be required for attending tradeshows;
  • Companies will need to protect their design rights in the UK and the EU;
  • there will be separate REACH requirements for the EU and the UK;
  • and there will be special arrangements for goods moving through Northern Ireland.


If you bring manufactured goods into Great Britain from the EU or EEA and want to place them on the market, you will have new responsibilities. (Please note Great Britain refers to England, Scotland and Wales. Separate requirements apply to Northern Ireland).


Textile care labelling requirements: some will remain the same but some will change.


The following will remain the same


  • There will be no change to the requirement to have full fibre content information fixed on the label of the garment. The content of EU regulation 1007/2011 will be passed in to UK law on 1st January, 2021.
  • There will be no change to the care labelling requirements. There is no legal requirement to include care information but if you do not include care information, you would be responsible for any damage caused to the garment if the consumer had undertaken a reasonable cleaning process. Remember though that since 2018 the GINETEX symbols have been protected by trademarks in the UK.
  • There will be no compulsory origin labelling unless the consumer could be misled as to where a garment was made.


The following are new requirements for products coming in to the UK from the EU


  • You must label the goods with your company’s details, including your company’s name and a contact address in the UK as of 1st January 2021. Until 31 December 2022 these details can be on accompanying documentation. After that they will need to be permanently fixed to the product. However, in order to ensure the consumer is not mislead, this could mean that you would also have to include Country of Origin labelling on the garment.
  • CE and UKCA Marking




The UKCA mark is a new product marking that will be used in Great Britain (i.e. it does not apply to Northern Ireland). It covers most goods previously covered by the CE mark including toys and PPE.


While the UKCA mark can be used from 1st January 2021, in most cases businesses can continue to use the CE mark until 1 January 2022.
The UKCA mark will not be recognised in the EU. Goods sold in the EU will have to continue to meet the requirements of, and be labelled with, the CE mark.
Please check with your current CE certifying organisation whether your current certification will remain valid or whether the goods need to be re-certified by another organisation.
The following advice has been prepared by the UK Fashion & Textile Association, GINETEX’s National Member in the UK. More information on the impact of Brexit on UK/EU trade, including a series of FAQ’s, can be found on the UKFT website

If you have any question on the impact and requirements in relation to Brexit, GINETEX is at your disposal for any complementary information at



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Results of the 3rd IPSOS European Barometer 2021

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GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, presents the results of its third European barometer for 2021, "Europeans and the textile care label" conducted with IPSOS. The survey was carried out in seven European countries: France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Spain.

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Today, environmental awareness has become widespread and this clearly translates in our barometer’s results. If Europeans want more information on ecological textile care, it is because they are themselves inclined to change their cleaning habits and make them more environmentally friendly.






Study methodology

This study was conducted by the IPSOS institute, for GINETEX, the International Association for Textile Care Labelling, on a sample of 1 000 people aged 18 to 65 in each of the 7 countries (i.e. a total of 7 000 people): France, Germany, The Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Spain. This study was conducted online from December 18 to 21, 2020 for France and from January 25 to February 15, 2021 for Germany, The Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Spain.


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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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How washing machine programs affect electricity consumption

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Laundry : While energy sobriety is highly advised, GINETEX is studying the true impact of the different stages of textile washing on electricity consumption.



France: The AGEC Law imposes, from January 1st 2022, the affixing of TRIMAN signage and info-sorting on products such as clothing textiles, household linen and footwear.



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



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



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



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



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. 



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



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


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



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



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



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



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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.