This is important to take a few minutes to complete the ACCC online survey.
The consequences of reduction or removal of care labels on garments would be a disaster for our industry.
There is a push by manufacturers and retailers to change the current laws, who will be responding to the survey.
We need all DIA members to reply and provide strong support for NO CHANGE.
Don’t assume that others will respond – you need to help both yourself and the Industry.
I think that most dry cleaners would agree that the Care Labelling laws that exist here in Australia and New Zealand are the most useful piece of government legislation that we as business operators have gotten from government. This legislation in its present form has been the result of many hours of work by members of our industry along with many other interested parties.
There is a current proposal from the ACCC to review these laws, the proposal has three possible outcomes.
- The first is NO CHANGE. (PREFERRED)
- The second is a dilution of the laws.
- The third is no care instructions, reliance on fibre labelling as a guide.
The DIA is submitting a proposal to strongly support NO Change. We are pointing out that the care labels with wording and symbols has served both the dry cleaning community and the consumer very well in the past. It is our contention that removal of the written word will leave many members of the public with no knowledge of the aftercare process required, which could lead to many garments being ruined. We are contesting the premise that the manufacturers will be able to save money by reducing the content and therefore may be able to sell at a lesser cost. It was stated in the last enquiry into this subject in 2001 by the ACCC report that the cost of labelling was between 0.2 cents to 2 cents per garment.
Our proposal points out the difficulty that dry cleaners will have determining suitable treatments with the new solvents available and that the consumer will be even more disadvantaged.
We need you as members of the dry cleaning community who process thousands of garments per week on behalf of the consumers put a small quick proposal to the ACCC saying that you, the business owner, have concerns with the proposed changes and wish the status quo be maintained.
Click this link to take you to the ACCC online site where you can do this, it will take less than 10 minutes but must be in by Friday 14 June.
P: +61 3 5908 4921