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Product Labeling Requirements (Part 1)

As you already know, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires you to comply with federal labeling requirements for textile, wool and fur products. The law requires that most products have a mandatory label listing: the country of origin, the fiber content, and the identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for production, importing or handling the item. Any other labels are optional.

If you manufacture, import, sell, distribute, or advertise products covered by the Textile and Wool Acts, you must comply with the labeling requirements listed above.

You are only exempt if you are:

“1) A common carrier or contract carrier shipping or delivering textile products in the ordinary course of business;

2) A processor or finisher working under contract to a manufacturer (unless you change the fiber content contrary to the terms of the contract);

3) A manufacturer or seller of textile products for export only;

4) An advertising agency or publisher disseminating ads or promotional material about textile products. “

Did you know that the following items are not covered by the labeling requirements?

– Upholstery or mattress stuffing (unless it’s reused — then the label must say that it contains reused stuffing)

– Outer coverings of upholstered furniture, mattresses, and box springs

– Linings, interlinings, filling, or padding used for structural purposes

– However, if they are used for warmth, the fiber must be disclosed. In addition, if you make any statement about the fiber content of linings, interlinings, filling, or padding, they are no longer exempt

– Backings of carpets or rugs and paddings or cushions to be used under carpets, rugs, or other floor coverings

– Sewing and handicraft threads

– Bandages, surgical dressings, and other products subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

– Waste materials not used in a textile product

– Shoes, overshoes, boots, slippers and all outer footwear. But, socks and hosiery are covered; in addition, slippers made of wool are covered under The Wool Rules (see p.6)

– Headwear (hats, caps or anything worn exclusively on the head). But, a wool hat is covered under The Wool Rules.”

Source:  Labeling Requirements under the Textile and Wool Acts, www.ftc.gov.


Svetlana Zakharina teaches SXF 201 and SXF 240.


Check out this interesting Linked In group

It’s Licensing Executives Society International. A lot of the posts are for technical subjects, but the strategies and questions are often relevant to any business. It’s a good group to belong to and follow for gathering general information about your product/service.

Great Idea! Now What?

You’ve been to design school and you’ve got a great idea about building a company that best showcases your designs and your products. Well, now what? You’re an expert at designing the products that you see in your mind’s eye but you don’t know the next best steps about how to design a company that supports your dreams. One of your friends tells you that you need a business plan. Someone else tells you to read “Who Moved My Cheese?” while another person tells you that you should keep your day job. Is any of the advice going to get you to seeing your dream materialize into products that make it to the marketplace?

As a serial entrepreneur, I can tell you that there is a plethora of information swimming out in the world. I’ve spent years researching and building my own companies and have seen what tools and strategies are the most helpful to new entrepreneurs. I’ve also found what type of mindset is most productive to creating successful entrepreneurial ventures. After years of trial and error, I’ve put together FutureLab (CEO 200), a course that is designed to provide the information, tools and support that I wished I had when I started my first company. I designed it with people in mind who have a passion and a love for what they do but need guidance and expertise in building a company that is reflective of this.

First launched in 2002, I’ve recently updated FutureLab to include new and compelling information and tools that really assist new entrepreneurs. I am delighted to have FIT offering the course through The Enterprise Center. If you’ve got a dream and a vision and need to put it together in a comprehensive plan then FutureLab is a course designed for you.

For more info http://fitnyc.edu/7126.asp#Strategy
I’d love to see you in my class!

Lisa Hendrickson teaches CEO 200 FutureLab and The Sustainable Organization.