Just reading that title conjures up those little symbols on your clothing tags that nobody understands, right?
So, what exactly is the ASTM? From their website:
"American Society for Testing and Materials, is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards."
So let's skip the business speak, what do they do in laymen's terms? We've all heard about people "writing the book" on something, right? As far as clothing goes, they literally wrote the book on how to care for textiles. It's not all they've written the book on, but for the sake of this post I'm just going to stick with that.
The symbols are supposed to be simple, space saving, and are meant to be easily understood without being language specific but who here actually knows what those symbols mean? NOBODY!
Thankfully we were talking about this in my merchandising class and now I'm passing along the information.
If you've ever wondered what the symbols meant, this is for you.
Now you're going to grab a piece of clothing to see if the symbols match the written directions, aren't you? Don't worry, I did the same thing. HA!