Pervasiveness of use and adequacy of care labels for piece good fabrics

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Janice Sue Briggs (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Melvin Hurwitz

Abstract: This study attempted to provide a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of the Care Labeling Rule in the piece goods market. There were two main objectives: (1) to determine if care labels are available and distributed with piece goods at the point of sale in the retail market; and (2) to determine if care labels supply adequate and accurate information. To accomplish the first objective, 49 stores were selected in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Washington, D. C. areas for the survey. These stores included a representative selection of department, discount and specialty stores selling piece goods. The researcher observed in each store to determine the types of fabrics consumers were purchasing and the availability of care labels. Thirty-four samples of fabric representative of consumer purchases were secured for testing to determine if the care labels were adequate and accurate. All of the samples were designated to be refurbished under home laundry conditions. These were laundered as indicated by the care label or by standard household conditions in the absence of a label. The performance of fabrics was tested by modified standard procedures to determine color transfer, color loss, change in appearance, dimensional stability and loss of strength. These results were compared to minimum performance standards (MPS) established by the researcher.

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Language: English
Date: 1978
Textile fabrics $x Labeling

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