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.