As a seller of textiles, I am obligated by the federal labeling requirements (the so-called Textile and Wool Acts) to include at minimum the following information with my products: fiber contents, country of origin (the “Made in” statement) and identity of the dealer / manufacturer (which is me). I also include dimensions, care instructions and return information in my info tags, and identify the recipient of my charitable donations.
One of my projects early in the year was re-doing the item info tags. For comparison, below is the old version:
The info bands on the throw pillow covers are not so bad, really. However, the stickers I used to connect the band ends did not hold properly. The Textile & Wool Acts stipulate that info tags must be securely attached to the product until delivered to the consumer, so I needed a new solution.
Fortunately, the Acts also say that label(s) need to not be permanently attached. I decided therefore to use small cards instead of bands and use linen yarn to tie these “tags” onto the items. Below is the new design:
In addition to the tags, I created small booklets to tell my store story in a nutshell. One additional consideration convinced me to make the change: the new tags are easier to attach to oddly shaped products, like hanger covers:
The new info tag design, with the tags tied on, unquestionably covers me under the Textile and Wool Acts. As a side benefit, it saves me paper. Goal reached!
This is how I ship purchases to customers:
I tag, fold and sleeve items in plastic for protection from the elements. It’s a lot of work, but the results are worth every minute.