Can care symbols be used in lieu of words on a label?

Yes. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) designated as ASTM Standard D5489-07, Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products, may be used in place of words, but the symbols must fulfill the requirements of the Rule. Although there are several different sets of care symbol standards around the world, only the ASTM symbols have been approved for use in the United States. There is no requirement to use symbols, they are just an option. AAFA is working to harmonize the ASTM symbols with other international standards to ease the burden on our members who sell products worldwide.