BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CARE LABELLING
Initially a protected trademark, fully recognized by the ISO 3758 standard
The five care symbols are protected trademarks in most countries. They may not be reproduced, issued or used without a special license agreement with GINETEX, co-owner of the trademarks together with COFREET. This Intellectual Property license agreement commits companies to use the symbols correctly at all times.
The GINETEX symbols are also at the origin of the EN ISO 3758 international standard.
Licensees are required to make correct use of the symbols at all times in compliance with the applicable guidelines. Unauthorized or improper use of the symbols may lead to legal action.
Commercial companies (wholesalers, importers etc.) are required to ensure the obligation of correct care labelling pursuant to the GINETEX guidelines in the orders placed with their suppliers.
When purchasing textiles, consumers should check the textile articles before buying them, and make sure that they feature the care symbols for proper care instructions.
Provide maximum information for textile care
Care label symbols provide information on the maximum permitted treatment and on the proper care of textiles. They are therefore intended for consumers as well as professional
s cleaners (laundries, drycleaners).
The symbols refer to the most critical aspect of a textile article's care treatment. This includes: colouring, finishing, accessories (such as buttons, zips) and applications.
The details are a matter for the manufacturers and must be truthful.
Nonetheless, care labelling is not a guarantee of quality.
Maximum possible treatment, but can be lower…
Care performed on the basis of the information given on the label provides a guarantee that the textile product will not be damaged. However, it does not guarantee that all kinds of dirt and stains will actually be removed.
Milder treatments and lower temperatures than those indicated on the label are always permitted.
For greater clarity, the full series of symbols must be included on the labels without exception. The following sequence is applicable since 2006:
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RESULTS OF THE 3rd IPSOS EUROPEAN BAROMETER 2021
Environmental concerns are now central to Europeans’ new textile care habits.
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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.
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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GINETEX SIGNS THE UN CHARTER
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A NEW PARTNERSHIP
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JOINT INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENT
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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".
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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