Companies are reducing health hazards in adherence to recent local standards.
Aiming to reduce product recall rates, China manufacturers of children’s long-sleeved T-shirts are conforming to stricter domestic regulations.
According to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, 60 percent of suppliers in the country adhere to customers’ specifications even if these violate China’s standards for outbound releases. The attitude has consequently raised withdrawals, particularly for children’s clothes, as many contain possible strangulation and choking hazards.
To address the problem, the national government issued three rulings on Aug. 1, 2010, specifically for children’s wear. They cite safety requirements for strings, and criteria for producing and strengthening designs. For instance, dangling trimming should not exceed 14cm. Some directives are even stricter than those in the EU.
Moreover, suppliers are required to alter and improve contracts when specified styles do not comply with guidelines. Manufacturers must also purchase only certified materials and accessories.
Releases are checked for azo, formaldehyde and heavy metal content, APEO and disperse dye limits, shrinkage rate and colorfastness. They are typically sent to SGS, Intertek, BV and QTEC for testing. Most items adhere to REACH, EN 71 and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements.
Products & prices
Children’s long-sleeved T-shirts from China are generally designed for the 2 to 12-year-old segment.
The majority of garments are made of 100 percent cotton. Models in 80:20 and 95:5 cotton-spandex are also available. The fabrics are 160 to 220gsm.
Cotton is chosen for its soft texture, breathability and good sweat absorption. But because pure variants lose their shape easily, suppliers often add spandex to help retain form and improve fit.
To enhance appearance, many makers utilize varied fabrics in one design. Zhejiang Orient Junye I/E Co. Ltd’s models adopt 95:5 cotton-spandex for the T-shirt body and flounced cotton voile for the lower portion.
Releases from Fuzhou Richforth Ltd have PU elbow patches sewn onto the garments. This not only adds visual interest but also prevents wear. For a more casual look, businesses are employing layered sleeves to give the impression of overlapping shirts. Raw edges and stitching details are utilized as well.
Adopting contrasting hues is also popular. Children's long-sleeved T-shirt manufacturers can combine colorful and patterned fabrics with light backgrounds. Similarly, eye-catching and vibrant trimmings are placed on neutral garments.
Among the common embellishments utilized are prints, patches, ribbons, velvet tape and embroidery. The last may be handstitched in high-end designs.
Water-based, discharge and rubber ink are the typical choices for prints. The first is applicable to pale fabrics as it works by staining the cloth. The component is also not as dense, providing an air-permeable pattern.
Discharge variants are suitable for darker textiles as bleach is included. The whitener may be mixed with an impervious coloring agent to achieve vivid motifs.
Meanwhile, rubber ink is applicable to most fabrics. The input boasts vibrant hues and can lend an embossed effect.
Pricewise, low-end products are $1.50 to $3. Releases are in locally sourced pure cotton or cotton-polyester, and have simple prints and minimal trimming.
Midrange children's T-shirts are between $3.50 and $5, while the most upscale pieces are $5.50 to $7. Garments in both segments employ domestically procured cotton-spandex or imported materials.
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