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The following information is for guidance only. For further information, please contact your local Trading Standards Service.
A raw, semi-worked or made up product exclusively composed of textile fibres, or
a product containing at least 80% by weight of textile fibres, or
the textile parts of carpets, mattresses, camping goods, furniture, umbrellas, sunshades, warm linings of gloves and mittens provided they contain at least 80% textile fibres, or
textiles forming a part of other products where the textile parts are specified.
All items must carry a label indicating the fibre content either on the item or the packaging. This label does not have to be permanently attached to the garment and may be removable. If the product is supplied to a wholesaler, the indication may be contained within business documents (e.g. the invoice).
A textile product consisting of two or more fibres accounting for 85% of the finished product should be marked with the fibre followed by a percentage, e.g. Cotton 80% Polyester 15% Nylon 5%.
If a product consists of two or more components with different fibre contents, e.g. a jacket with a lining, the content of each must be shown.
Any decorative matter that makes up 7% or less of the product is excluded from the indication of fibre content.
The word 'pure' should only be used where the garment is made up of only one fibre.
The word 'silk' cannot be used to describe the texture of any other fibre; e.g. 'silk acetate' is not permitted.
Only certain names can be used for textile fibres. These are shown below:
Wool, alpaca, llama, camel, cashmere, mohair, angora, vicuna, yak, guanaco, cashgora, beaver, otter, whether followed or not by the name 'wool' or 'hair'.
Animal or horsehair with or without an indication of the kind of animal.
Silk, cotton, kapok, flax or linen, hemp, jute, abaca, alfa, coir.
Polyurethane, vinyl, trivinyl, elastodiene, elastane, glass fibre, broom, ramie, sisal, sunn, henequen, maguey.
Acetate, alginate, cupro, modal, protein, triacetate, viscose
Acrylic, chlorofibre, fluorofibre, modacrylic, polyamide or nylon, aramid, polyamide, lyocell, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbamide.
Name corresponding to the material from which fibres are composed, e.g. metal (metallic), asbestos, paper, followed or not by the word 'yarn' or 'fibre'.
This list is often updated as new technology produces new fibres. If you are using, buying or selling a fibre product with a name that does not appear on this list, contact your local Trading Standards Service for advice.
Any advertisement which describes textile products with sufficient detail that enables a consumer to order them by that description, must carry an indication of the fibre content of the products.
Air supported structures; animal clothing; artificial flowers; book covers; buttons and buckles; cordage, rope & string; disposable articles; egg cosies; felt hats, felts; flags and banners; funeral articles; gaiters; labels and badges; make up cases; muffs; old made up textile products; oven gloves; packagings (not new and sold as such, e.g. used potato sacks); painted canvas; pin cushions; protective prerequisites of sport; purses, pouches, bags & saddlery; safety items; sails; shoe cleaning cases; sleeve protectors; sleeve supporting arm bands; slide fasteners; spectacle, cigarette and cigar, lighter and comb cases; stuffed pan holders; table mats having several components and a surface area not exceeding 500 cm2; tapestries; tea and coffee cosies; textile parts of footwear (except warm linings); textile products for base and interlining fabrics and stiffening; tobacco pouches; toilet cases; toys; travel goods; watch straps.
Please note: It is an offence to supply or offer to supply textile products that do not comply with the above requirements.
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