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Before discussing ISO Care Symbols, lets explain what ISO means. The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is one of the world's largest developers and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 161 countries. There is one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. The ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.
In summary, they develop "standards" and sell access to these standards in the form of books, CD's etc. They also provide educational training and other services.
In regarding to apparel and textiles, the ISO has developed several international standards. Here we will discuss one of their resources that is in regard to textile care labelling. More specifically, the ISO Care Symbol resources.
As stated on the ISO website in May 2009, "Care labels indicate how to clean textile articles in the best possible way. Care symbols give all the necessary information on washing, bleaching, ironing, dry cleaning and tumble drying. Without this information, the consumer may have trouble deciding on the appropriate care treatment because it does not solely depend on the main fabric of the textile article. Indeed, all the components of the textile need be taken into account: other fibres and accessories, dyes, finishing treatments and texture."
Textile care symbols developed by the International Association for Textile Care Labelling (GINETEX) are the subject of the International Standard ISO 3758:2005. This standard is the result of an agreement between GINETEX, the owner of the trademarks, and ISO because GINETEX encourages an international use of the symbols. Information on the use of the textile care symbols in ISO 3758 can be found on the GINETEX Web site. www.Ginetex.net
GINETEX is the International Association for Textile Care Labelling
Learn more about GINETEX.
Textile care labelling symbols are managed by GINETEX (International Association for Textile Care Labelling).
GINETEX was established in 1963 by the professionnals of the textile-garment-care chain. Its head-office is in Paris, France.
The GINETEX care symbols are registered with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva, Switerland as international trademarks.
To this end, care symbols must be used in respect of the use regulations of the trademarks together with the technical information on which they are based. This will help in the correct use of the symbols by the professionnals.
GINETEX has the following objectives:
The GINETEX care labelling system is based on the following principles:
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