Fibre content labelling
Clothing or fabric products must have labels that list the fibres, and the percentages or amounts of the different fibres, in the product.
Providing this information helps to ensure consumers have accurate information about the fibre content of the clothing or textiles and can make sure the goods are correctly used and cared for.
What is the consumer information standard for fibre content labelling?
Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000 (Regulations) set sections of AS/NZS 2622:1996 Textile products – Fibre content labelling with appropriate amendments as the official standard that suppliers of new textile goods must comply with.
What goods do the rules apply to?
- second-hand goods
- footwear and textile materials used in the manufacture of footwear (eg, insoles)
- goods made up from fabric selected or provided by the customer
- belts, corsets, handkerchiefs, hats, household cloths
- miscellaneous goods such as artificial flowers, bags and cases, shoelaces and toys.
Who do the rules apply to?
- in a shop
- on online auction sites
- at markets or stalls.
What are the fibre content labelling requirements?
- 80% cotton, 20% elastane
- cotton, elastane.
- Labelling of clothes, household textiles and furnishings (AS/NZS 2392:1999)
- Textiles – Natural and man-made fibres – Generic names (AS/NZS 2450:1994)
What other labels are required?
- New clothing and footwear requires country of origin labelling.
- Any type of clothing, household textile or furnishing needs a care label.
- Children's nightwear must have a fire hazard label.