Imported textiles should have more transparent labelling

28th March 2011 - Fine Cut

Textiles that have been imported from third-world countries into the European Union should have more transparent labelling, according to the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee.

EU Commerz reported on the news, which saw the committee create a draft of a new law that will force third-world textile manufacturers to include 'made in' labels on their products. It is thought this would go a long way in mitigating the risk of consumers being misled.

One member of the European Parliament, Toine Manders, made a statement regarding the situation; claiming: "The current absence of harmonised rules on origin marketing puts the EU at a disadvantage vis-a-vis its main trade partners, such as Canada, China, Japan and the USA, who require original marketing for imported goods."

"Origin marking would facilitate consumer choice and contribute to reducing fraudulent, inaccurate or misleading claims of origin," Manders added on Inteletex.

It is thought that a product can only be labelled as being made in the EU in two stages of its manufacturing process were conducted within the area. These stages could include marking-up, finishing, weaving or spinning.

In addition to the consequences for the EU's relationship with key trading partners, consumers are also at risk currently; for example, some may be being real fur when they intended to buy fake, or perhaps buying less morally than they would have wished to.

The changes to labelling could help British consumers to "make informed choices," experts suggested.

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