In response to such recalls and corresponding public outcry, the Consumer Product Safety Commission went to work and Congress soon passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which goes into effect on February 10, 2009. The CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys and requires third-party testing and certification for all products intended for children under the age of 12. Great news, right?
EXCEPT.... This act will effect ANYONE and EVERYONE who creates items for children under age 12, not just large businesses and manufacturers. It will effect grandpas who make swings and rocking horses for their grandchildren, the lady at your church who knits the beautiful baby blankets you purchase for your friends and family, your favorite children's handmade dress booth at the local craft fair. Yeah, etsy is included too.
WHY, you ask? Because unless these local crafters spend thousands of dollars testing the lead levels of every lot of every material used in their product- materials that have already undergone testing- to prove there are no toxic chemicals in the item, it will be illegal for them to operate after February 10, 2009.
WAIT a minute- so basically, with this new law we're destroying the only people who's products we actually trusted during the whole recall scare? And furthermore we're unemploying even more people in an already struggling economy? The answer, sadly is YES. That is exactly what this law will do unless we all take action to SAVE HOMEMADE!
WHAT can I do? (1)Find your congress person and senators and write a letter like the sample here. (2) Send an email directly to the CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923 (3) Place the Save Handmade! button on your blog or website to help spread the word to everyone you know who cares about protecting and preserving beautiful items made with love for our children.