Garment care labels are indispensable elements of shirt production as the brand identity, and product quality are directly exposed in these parcels. Shirt labels can be designed in different forms and for different purposes: A swing tag reflects the pricing amount, whereas a neck label displays the designer’s signature or the brand’s name. Clothing care labels, however, give details about the wash and care instructions, country of origin, fiber content and even inflammable warnings. They compare what the consumer needs to what extent the manufacturer may cover these needs. Our article shows up as a starting guide both for consumers, retailers and manufacturers on what kind of criteria should be attended to while designing the best clothing labels.

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What Are Types of Clothing Care Labels?

When consumers make a buying decision, apparel care labels show them how to lengthen the lifespan of the product they wear. As a manufacturer, you should give information about washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry cleaning on the label as a chain or series.

In practice, clothing care labels tell the maximum washing temperature, whether a washing machine or hand wash is needed. It also describes what composition of fibers are expected or if any elements causing health risk were used in the production cycle.

Clothing care labels may have short verbal recommendations like 'dry clean only' or 'medium temperature in ironing'. Some may have warnings like 'do not bleach' or 'inflammable' which means it can get on fire. In the second version, visual icons replace definitions to show instructions with comprehensible signs. In most countries, for the first version, the font size is recommended as 10 points though detailed definitions can be given in 8-9 points as well.


Why Do You Need Clothing Care Labels?

Shirt manufacturers, designers and retailers aim to have a stable brand identity, reflecting high-quality garments admired by consumers. The design, color, brand name and composition of materials are all significant criteria influencing the purchase decision. Yet, your products should also be safe, environment-friendly and out of health risk. Although these are all production-based measures, governments make it mandatory to inform consumers about these technical priorities in a standardized manner.

To comply with regulations, apparel care labels should define these five criteria in a simple format:

  • Fiber content and percentages of composition
  • Country of origin
  • Washing and care instructions, including the five measures listed above
  • Flammable garment warning, particularly for professional wear and uniform designs
  • Label placement (if a specific placement is required by laws)
  • Brand information and style numbers

If you plan to order blank t-shirts or designer shirts, you should track every detail on your garment care labels to ensure your products are high quality.

What Are Country-Specific Features of Clothing Care Labels?

Garment care labels are standardized by regulations in many countries. The International Standardization Organization (ISO) defines quality control measures in the textile industry. Yet, country-specific departments or committees also describe some other priorities which should be attended to by manufacturers and retailers.

In the USA, for instance, wool and fibrous content should be written on labels in descending order. In the UK, 100% cotton is required to be shown if it’s the case for your product. Non-functional fibers must be shown in the USA if the composition exceeds 5%, though, in the EU, it is a must if the composition is above 7%. FTC makes the country of manufacturing to be written as an obligation for exported goods, whereas the EU does not make it a requirement. In the UK, BS-5722 compatibility should be directly shown on your apparel care labels if you produce inflammable garments.

As a private label shirt manufacturer, DORA will guide you on how to make your clothing care labels comply with EU, UK and USA clothing production regulations.