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Garment and Textile Labelling


  • More than 8 out of 10 consumers find that the textile care label is useful
  • 71% of consumers follow the care instructions
  • 74% never or rarely buy a garment without a care label

(According to the GINETEX 2021 3rd Ipsos European Barometer 2021)

The care symbols are registered trademarks in over 80 countries, including the UK and all major European markets, owned by GINETEX – the international textile labelling organisation. The symbols used in ISO 3758 are also the GINETEX symbols and are also covered by the trademarks.

Companies must have a licence to use the care symbols. UKFT is the UK organisation responsible for the use of the GINETEX symbols and UKFT can provide a care labelling licence that allows the use of the symbols throughout the world.


There are four key areas that need to be considered when labelling garments: Care Labelling, Fibre Content, Country of Origin and Flammability.

In general labelling rules across the EU are similar but they are not the always the same. Key export markets such as the USA, South Korea and many other countries have different legal requirements.

UKFT can advise members of the labelling requirements in all major markets throughout the world.

Licence and Support

UKFT can provide a care labelling licence that allows the use of the symbols throughout the world either as a standalone package (Retail Partner Programme) or as a bolt-on to full membership (Annual Plus).

Prices start at £515+ VAT for Annual Membership Plus for brands with a turnover up to £250k or a flat fee of £2,500+VAT via our Retail Partner Programme. For full details visit, www.ukft.org/membership  or contact info@ukft.org

Country of Origin

Country of origin labelling is, generally speaking, not compulsory in the EU. However, it is necessary to have an origin label if, without such a label, the consumer could be misled as to the true origin of the garment. For instance, if a garment carried the British flag on it but it was made in Hong Kong, then the garment should include a label to that effect.

Fraudulent origin labelling is illegal.

Other markets have different legal requirements when it comes to origin labelling. Incorrect labelling can result in goods being refused entry or even destroyed. UKFT can advise members on the latest requirements.

Importer & Brand Details

A growing number of markets both in the EU and further afield require garments to be labelled with the name and address of the importer or brand. For specific details, members should contact the team at UKFT.

Labelling and the Environment - Clevercare

Brands, retailers and consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of looking after clothing.

  • 81% of EU consumers want to reduce energy and water use
  • 72% know they can make an impact during the cleaning process
  • 87% consumers try to wash in an environmentally friendly way
  • 65% actively choose to wash at a lower temperature

In response to this GINETEX has developed CLEVERCARE the eco-care logo to encourage & educate the consumer to extend the life of garments and to reduce the impact of cleaning on the climate.

The five key messages are:

  • Don’t wash too often
  • Lower the temperature
  • Reduce the amount you tumble dry
  • Only iron when necessary
  • Only go to a dry cleaner when necessary

The clevercare symbol is a registered trade mark in the UK and in many other countries. More information on clevercare including collateral for retailers is available at www.clevercare.info

UKFT Labelling Members

UKFT has a number of members which can provide labelling services to fashion and textile brands and retailers.


Bellwoven Packaging specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of garment accessories and has been established for more than 40 years. The company’s product range includes garment labelling, tickets, tissues, ribbons and bespoke packaging, all of which can be produced in a sustainable way. Bellwoven can offer low minimum order quantities and a full branding package, using its in-house designers for full consistency throughout. Read more here.

Contact: helen@bellwoven.co.uk

07940 519205


Byways has been providing solutions to the apparel industry for over 50 years. Labels and packaging are vital to clothing retailers and brands – the entire supply chain is reliant on the label supplier getting it right every time.

Byways has production facilities covering five strategic locations across Europe and Asia, allowing the company to provide first class service to clients, together with their manufacturing network. The firm also offers in-house design services to maintain close contact from brand conception to the finished solution.

The company’s online ordering platform is tailored to clients’ specific requirements allowing real-time traceability of orders.

Contact: info.uk@byways.com

01582 524444



Nilorn develops and refine brands, primarily in the fashion industry, with identity and value at the core of what it does. With a strong focus on design and sustainability, Nilorn assist clients around the world in creating unique and attractive brand experiences for their customers – where both tactile expression and visual aesthetic combine to maximise impact.

The company offers products and solutions to both identify and enhance the feel of a brand.  Its product range includes trims, packaging and information labels. Nilorn also offers RFID labels in the form of hangtags, adhesive labels and textile labels.

Contact: info@uk.nilorn.com

01535 673 500