Connecticut enacts microfiber bill, but without labeling requirements


11 May 2018

clothes-rail-300Connecticut's House passed H.B. 5360 (originally S.B. 341), An Act Concerning Clothing Fiber Pollution.

The bill was originally intended to establish clothing labeling designed to alert consumers of the presence of synthetic microfibers prior to purchase, including explaining the process by which such microfibers are shed from clothing and are dispersed in the state's waterways. 

Per the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), "...the version approved by the legislature removed a labeling requirement and other concerning language that were part of the original bill."

Instead, the bill will establish a working group of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community for the purpose of developing a consumer awareness and education program concerning the presence of synthetic microfibers in clothing. The working group will convene by 1 July 2018.

AAFA will participate in this working group along with members of The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the American Apparel and Producer's Network, Fashion Group International, the National Retail Federation, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Fashion Business, Inc.

Additionally, also per AAFA, "[we] will participate in the working group to help shape the future of the microfiber pollution issue in Connecticut, which could affect other states." 

AAFA expects Governor Dannel Malloy to sign the bill into law. 

 

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Written by Stacey Bowers

Stacey Bowers, MILS, is Manager of Global Market Access and Content Product Manager at Compliance & Risks. She has nearly 20 years experience monitoring, selecting, and summarizing international consumer products regulations and standards to support the strategic business needs of retailers and manufacturers, including entering new geographic markets; facilitating education and training throughout the supply chain; and development of global best practices around regulatory compliance. Stacey specializes in condensing and comparing requirements from multiple jurisdictions internationally. She is client-service focused, with an emphasis on developing strong partnerships and a successful collaborator with team members at any level of an organization and every step along the supply chain.