Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CPSIA Blog In - Help Us Save Handmade

Today's post is part of the CPSIA blog-in. I'm one of over 300 bloggers who are writing to create awareness about the CPSIA.

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA is a new set of laws that will come into effect on February 10, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. 
  • The cost of school supplies will go up. Yep, even glue sticks and crayons fall under the scope of the CPSIA.
  • Children's books will be a lot harder to come by, especially at school and public libraries since there is currently no exemption in place for books.
  • Handmade children's items will virtually disappear since most artisans won't be able to afford the cost of third-party testing.
  • The landfills are going to be filled with brand-new toys, clothes and books that haven't been tested, just in case they might have lead in them. It will be illegal to sell anything that hasn't been tested.
  • Kids items will be nearly impossible to come by at second-hand stores. Low income families will no longer be able to find affordable clothing and toys for their children.
Trust me when I say that this is not an exaggeration. The national media is finally starting to take notice. There was even an article in Forbes recently. Still unsure? Read the actual law.

Are you angry? Upset? Unsure what to do?

It's time to act. Call your Congressperson; ask for their support in amending the law. If you're looking to make a big impact, contact the big players. Don't delay – the handmade movement needs your support now as the deadline approaches. February 10 is almost upon us. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this poorly written law. It affects us all. Here's hoping it's amended soon to minimize the damage being done.