Wednesday, January 21, 2009

National Bankrupcy Day

On February 10th there will be a mandatory law for any children's item that is sold for a child 12 and under to be required to have testing for lead. Because of this, on February 10th Crochet*D*Lane will no longer be able to sell any crochet items made for children under the age of 12. I will still be able to custom make any of my designs available to the measurements you provide, but they will not be intended for the use of any child under the age of 12 due to this new poorly written law.

The issue:
In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.

For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers and manufacturers of children's products, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.

A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.

A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes cloth diapers to sell online must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.

A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.

And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.

The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children's goods that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US.

If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.

How You can Help:
Please write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys and children's products.

I have already signed many petitions and sent an email to my Senator. Kristin of Gock's Frocks has a great blog post with all the necessary links. She was also interviewed by her local news station. You can check out the news clip HERE. Please spread the word to save handmade children items.

With Love,


first lady said...

Wyoming is trying to help.....

first lady said...

Lindsay ... WOOOHOOO

Wyoming Senator Barrasso -just emailed me back-

"Thank you for contacting me regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). It is good to hear from you.

I understand your concerns regarding the implementation of the new regulations required by the CPSIA. I shared your views with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and they have assured me that the Committee is reviewing all issues concerning the stringency of the law. I also shared your comments with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Please know I will continue to closely monitor this situation during the 111th Congress.

Thank you again for sharing your detailed views of the CPSIA. Your feedback is very valuable to me as I continue my work for the people of Wyoming."

John Barrasso, M.D.
United States Senator

crochetdlane said...

That is so awesome Kristy!! Thanks for letting me know! It is good to hear that your Senator has listened to your views regarding the CPSIA and even answered you back!! HURRAY!!!


angie.a said...

Hey sweetie! Isn't this the CRAZIEST dang thing you've ever heard of?? And just as I was really getting my mojo back in place to start creating again. Figures. Email me! I'd love to catch up. I'll bet your girls are just growing like WEEDS.


crochetdlane said...

Yes it is just crazy Angie. I am not going to let it slow me down though, especially since they exempted cotton from their proposal. I use mainly all cotton in my designs anyways. I will just have to re think my designing technique a bit. ;)


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