ACTIVIST TAKES ON NIKE ONLINE

Byline: Rosemary Feitelberg

NEW YORK — A longtime critic of Nike’s labor practices has called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the sneaker giant’s e-commerce site for failing to identify what Nike’s garments are made of and where they are made.
Jeff Ballinger, director of Press For Change, a nonprofit group, claims that Nike, the Universities of Oregon and Michigan, and ESPN are violating a federal law that requires clothing labels to list their fabric composition and point of origin. He pointed out that Web sites and catalogs need to list that information since consumers don’t have the garment’s label to read.
The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and the Wool Products Labeling Act require catalogs and Web sites that sell clothes to identify whether each garment is imported or made in the U.S. Press For Change and other groups use this information to monitor companies, such as Nike, to see whether they are ordering more or fewer clothes from the U.S.
A Nike.com spokeswoman said Wednesday, “We’re researching the claim. We’re looking into the situation and, if necessary, plan to make any changes to Nike.com. “
She also noted that Nike’s manufacturing policy and overseas factories that make Nike clothes are “disclosed” at Nikebiz.com.

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