I am a mother.
Nothing matters to me more than the safety of my children and other children.
But I can also recognize when a flawed, reactionary law puts countless responsible, business owners at risk of unfairly losing their businesses.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) may have been drafted with good intentions, but along the road it became a law that is impossible to fairly implement.
If it is put into action on February 10, 2009 as it currently is planned, it will have devastating repercussions to both large and small businesses and basically end the handmade goods industry.
The CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys (obviously a good thing) but it mandates enormously expensive third-party testing and certification for all products intended for children under the age of 12. It’s the ridiculous expense of the third-party testing and certification that will close businesses and make it illegal for work-at-home moms and dads to sell their handmade goods.
We will all be affected if this law is not changed. As parents, consumers, business owners and employees we will all suffer from the economic mess that this law will trigger. Not to mention we won’t even be able to buy handmade baby blankets!
February 10, 2009 is already being dubbed National Bankruptcy Day. We must all take action now to stop this law from destroying responsible businesses.
How to Help:
- If you are an American, write to your United States Congress Person and Senator and the CPSC to request changes in the CPSIA. You can find your Congress Person here and Senator here. Write to the CPSC here.
Find a sample letter at The Handmade Toy Alliance.
- Sign the iPetition for the CPSIA Impacts on Children’s Apparel Industry
- Post your concerns on your blog, facebook or myspace page.
- Send an email directly to the CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923
- Twitter: Search using the #CPSIA hashtag
- Join the CPSIA Facebook Group
- Join these Etsy folks and send a handmade toy to Congressman Rush.
- Learn more about the law and how you can help change it. Here are a few of the many blogs that have helpful resources: National Bankruptcy Day, The Smart Mama, Cool Mom Picks, Z Recommends