Many t-shirt companies they want their products sold to appear to be branded whether or not they actually created the physical shirt that was printed on. In doing so many want to remove the default manufacturers tags and add your own tag to build your brand. Removing the tags is only legal if the information is replaced with the following information: fiber content, the country of origin, and the identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for marketing or handling the item. Read this guide to avoid a “tag snag" that is enforced by the FTC as part of the Textile and Wool Acts.
The following must be included on all garment labels:
It is required that the size of the garment is included in the garment label. You can list the size Small, Medium, Large or abbreviated like: S, M, L, XL.
Products covered by the Textile and Wool Acts require that the generic fiber names and percentages by weight of each constituent fiber must be labeled to show the fiber content in descending order of predominance. For example: 65% cotton / 35% polyester.
If the product is made from one fiber, you may use the word “All” instead of “100%.” For example: “100% Cotton” or “All Cotton”
The disclosure requirement applies only to fibers in yarns, fabrics, clothing and other household items. If part of the product is made from a non-fibrous material — such as plastic, glass, wood, paint, metal or leather — you don’t have to include that on your label. That includes the contents of zippers, buttons, beads, sequins, leather patches, painted designs, or any other parts that are not made from fiber, yarn, or fabric.
In general, you may name only the fibers that comprise 5% or more of the fiber weight. Fibers of less than 5% should be disclosed as “other fiber” or “other fibers” and not by their generic name or fiber trademark.
Products covered by the Textile and Wool Acts must be labeled to show the country of origin.
Textile labels must also identify the company name or the Registered Identification Number (RN) of the manufacturer, importer or another firm marketing, distributing or otherwise handling the product. If the original manufacturer was Gildan brand and you wanted to remove that label you can replace it with “Your Brand Name”.
For an in-depth look at Labeling Requirements, we recommend you visit the FTC’s website at
Textiles must also include care instructions that can be either symbols or text descriptions. If you have limited space then care symbols are great however not everyone knows what the symbols mean so text instructions are easier for most consumers to understand.
Text based instruction examples include:
Examples of common care instruction symbols for t-shirts include:
|Machine wash cold||Lay flat and drip dry|
|Tumble dry on low heat||Do not iron|
You can download vector care card images to use for your labels on textile affairs.