CPSIA: Printable labels for August requirements

Yes, everyone has a testing reprieve through February 2010 but all children’s products makers are required to comply with the August labeling requirement even for batches of one item. You must have a sew in label listing specific information on your product by August 14, 2009.

I’m continuing to wade through material for a set of articles on how to comply with the CPSIA labeling requirements that should have been done by now. Part of the hold up is sourcing labels that people can print themselves for the tracking by batch component. Some vendors are really expensive, charging over $4 a sheet (25 sheet minimum). Eeek! I found one vendor who sells for considerably less but they have a one case minimum. One case has about 50,000 1″ x 2.2″ labels. The nice thing is these are perforated.

Unfortunately, it seems the only way I can make this work for the smallest of producers is if I buy the labels and sell it by the sheet. But I’d have to charge $1-$1.50 a sheet (@40 labels) with a ten sheet minimum otherwise it’s too much hassle (it’s still a hassle even with a ten sheet minimum). There’s four different kinds of labels. I’m thinking most people would want the softest labels for kid’s clothing and those labels are costlier. The inexpensive kind are those pellon type labels most often used for care and wash instructions. The latter could be used on utility items that won’t actually be touching the child (bibs, plush toys, slings etc). The problem for the smallest producers using the perforated labels is setting up the label fields and in any event, you can’t feed a partially used sheet into a printer without some waste. It may be that they will need to print even quantities of labels and use an indelible marking pen to hand write in the batch number (in the case of single units).

I’ve also been working on DIY labeling solutions with off the shelf components but wash testing results are not consistent; the label is useless if a consumer can’t read it after the item is washed. There’s a fixative compound one can buy to apply to the fabric for ink jet printers (that I haven’t tried) but that’s over $7 a bottle and requires total immersion and who knows how far it goes or even what chemicals are in it. Worse, if done on fabric, all outside edges must be finished or the label will fray off. That’s why I’m looking at a traditional garment industry supplier for these consumables. By the way, the garmento labels are designed for laser printers. I have samples coming which I could test on the ink jet I have at home but who knows what the status of that will be.

The last hassle of it all is having to flog it so I don’t get stuck with a bunch of blank labels I’ll never use. It’s not as though I’m set up to sell a myriad of components where it’s up front in people’s minds. Or should I just let it go and let people worry about their own solution?

Marlene S.
5 years 11 months ago

I found some printable labels at Rogeneration. They also go by Rogen Studio. You can get on their website and check out what they have. They were nice enough to send me some samples and I was able to try them out. They offer labels for both inkjet and laser and have different sizes available. Please note that I have an inkjet printer that uses Epson No. 68 high capacity black ink. ” Because of the ink’s instant drying, all pigment formulation, prints are smudge, fade and water resistant, whether you create single or double sided prints.”

This was my experience:
Remar – most inexpensive and you get what you pay for.

Econo- Although I have an inkjet printer, I much preferred the laser labels. They were a little thicker and I am printing on both sides. I’m printing all my info on one side and adding the cpsc info on the back. (This may not work for all injet printers). They also have a pearl coated label that I liked best, but after printing on it, you could hardly read the info. and if my memory serves me, it was much more expensive.

The labels come in sheets that are perforated and quite easy to use. There are 50,000 labels per case. Prices vary by size and quality.

I made a sample, printed both sides, and washed and dried it and it came out fine.

6 years 15 days ago

Is there somone who has single sheets for sale?(for printing the labels out) I’m interested in purchasing some to try.

Thank you!

6 years 22 days ago

My printer has “T-shirt transfer” as a printing option (where you choose photo paper, plain paper, etc.) which automatically does a mirror image when printing. It doesn’t flip it on my screen, though, so I didn’t know it would really flip the image until I went through all the trouble of doing the crazy Word Text thing to reverse it–so then it printed backwards because the printer reversed my reverse image.

I tried some Bubble Jet Set 2000 on muslin, then ironed it to freezer paper and ran it through my ink jet printer. The instructions say to hand wash or machine wash in cold on a delicate cycle using mild detergent, but I stuck the skirts (my daughter’s) with labels in the washing machine on warm and used regular detergent. The labels didn’t bleed at all. They have been washed multiple times now and seem just fine. It still doesn’t solve the frayed edge issue, though. Oh, and the Bubble Jet Set 2000 seems to go really far. You can soak a lot of fabric in each batch.

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6 years 1 month ago

Mich and Peter;
should I laugh or should I cry???
Use the same stamp in an imaginary label in the garment you test for lead and phthalates.
Write a poem or something on it!
Then use the same stamp system and the same ink for the real info!
Fully Joking or just don’t have a clue what to do?