Formal information provided by labelling systems. Labelling can inform on aspects such as material composition, production and maintenance.
Labelling can represent a guaranty from the user perspective and provide guidelines for the users.
- The current labelling ‘jungle’ creates information fatigue.
- Users do not always read the labels.
- Labelling can be costly – especially if the included information is standardised.
- The Genesis jeans, by Unspun, feature a QR code label providing extra information about product care, resale and recycling.
- An overview on eco labels can be found in the Eco Label Index.
- In the European Union, there is a regulation, Regulation 1007/2011,on which information that should be included on labels for textiles and clothing.
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