The following is a guest post from MWS member Angie, also the owner of Made by Angie. A big thank you to Angie for writing this up to make our readers more aware of the situation:
Let me guess. You have heard about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) recently and are really confused. You’re not alone! Here is what it’s all about, in a nutshell.
In 2007, large toy manufacturers outsourcing to China and other developing countries sold numerous children’s products tainted with lead and phthalates within the US. Simply put, they made kids sick. Rightfully reacting, the US Congress cracked down passing the aforementioned law in August 2008 requiring mandatory safety testing for all toys and products geared towards children ages 12 and under.
In theory, we as parents and consumers should be thrilled with this action. However, the reality is that thousands of small businesses will be forced to close because the testing procedures are prohibitively expensive and in many cases, redundant. Seems a bit silly to test cloth diapers made from 100% organic cotton materials or the hand chiseled wooden train bought from a local craft fair.
On February 10, 2009 this law will go into effect and without modification, will threaten a majority of the small businesses (many mom-run) who we’ve turned to for unique, innovative and SAFE children’s products (not just toys…think clothing, shoes, bedding, jewelry, sports equipment and so on).
If you buy handmade, this law will effect you. Prices will likely rise to absorb testing costs and your choices in the marketplace will be limited.
Here’s what you can do to help.
1. Start by telling everyone you know…discuss on the boards, at school and playgroup.
2. Vote for amending the law on With enough votes it will be presented to President Obama in January!
3. Find your congress person and senators and write a letter like the sample here.
4. Sign this petition, to be submitted to the CPSC.
5. Check out these additional resources:
Facebook -Help Save Handmade Toys from the CPSIA and Handmade Toy Alliance


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