The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established the requirements for Made in the USA product labeling, advertising and promotional claims. The textile and wool products Act requires that textile products have a label listing the fiber content, and identity of the manufacturer. Products covered by the Textile and Wool Acts must also be labeled to show the country of origin. The following rules are to be followed;
- Imported products must identify the country where the products were processed or manufactured.
- Products made entirely in the U.S. of materials also made in the U.S. must be labeled “Made in U.S.A.” or an equivalent phrase.
- Products made in the U.S. of imported materials must be labeled to show the processing or manufacturing that takes place in the U.S., as well as the imported component.
- Products manufactured partly in the U.S. and partly abroad must identify both aspects.
A label may say, “Made in U.S.A.” only if the product is made completely in the U.S. of materials that were made in the U.S. If a U.S. manufacturer uses imported raw materials that are dyed, printed and finished in the U.S., for example, they may not be labeled “Made in U.S.A.” without qualification. The label must indicate that the product contains imported materials.
In addition, per the Textile and Wools Act a supplier must also disclose country of origin information in print or internet advertising. Product descriptions in ads must include a statement that the product was made in the U.S.A., imported or both. Just as on the label, only if an item is made completely in the USA of USA materials may it be labeled Made in the USA. If imported materials are used at all it must be indicated. Of course, the print or web description must be consistent with the origin labeling on the advertised product.
The source of raw materials is important when considering bedding. Sheets made from cotton or cloth supplied from outside of the U.S. cannot list Made in the USA on their label or website. American Blossom Linens bedding is made from cotton grown in Texas, yarn spun in North Carolina, fabric woven in South Carolina and sheets finished and sewn in Georgia. We proudly label them Made in the USA.
Labeling confusion is everywhere. Companies will include America, American or U.S. in their name or flags images in their advertising but their connection to the United States may be very small such as a US website address. The products are often made in China or India. Here are some phrases used on labels that aim to trick you into believing an item is made fully in the USA
- Sewn in the USA from imported materials
- Assembled in the USA
- Designed in the USA
- Crafted in the USA
- Created in the USA
- 50% USA materials
Recently two senators, Tammy Baldwin and Rich Scott introduced legislation in congress called the COOL Online Act which would require that the country of origin be put on all website descriptions for all products, not just textiles, as well as the country in which the online seller is located. Learn more here.
Support American workers, small business and high-quality products. Do your homework! In order to buy bedding Made in the USA, be sure to read company websites, product pages and labels carefully. You can even contact a company to ask where they source their cotton, spin their yarn, weave, finish and sew their fabric.
American Blossom Linens is manufactured in the USA using a percale fabric made from 100% West Texas Organic Cotton. Expertly crafted to give you a bed sheet that is soft, luxurious and environmentally friendly.
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