Thursday, December 18, 2008


We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.
With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.
How to Get Involved -- it only takes 5 minutes of your time!
-Find your congress personand senators and write a letter like the sample here.Particularly if they serve on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection or the House Committee on Small Business.
-Send an email directly to the CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923
-Vote for amending the law on, digg style: With enough votes it will be presented to President Obama in January!
-Place the Save Handmade! button on your blog or website to help spread the word to everyone you know who cares about protecting the little guy and preserving beautiful items made with love for our children.

... the complete article here...


Anonymous said...

so I sent a Fax to the House Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection

Here it is....

Good Morning
Originally I tried to e-mail this letter to the entire committee but discovered that the link provided on the webpage was down, so instead of sending an e-mail I’m sending this by fax.
In Reference to the Consumer Product Improvement Act…
Before I go on, as a father of an amazing little girl, I’m deeply concerned by the dangerous and in some cases poisonous toys that large Chinese toy manufacturers have been selling to our nation’s families. And this bill is fantastic; except for one issue… it punishes small, home based toy manufactures.
Handmaid toys are a precious tradition in our nation, passed down from parent to child, these toys represent a pureness so rarely seen in our mass produced, media driven society. My wife and her sister make small handmade toys (stuffed dolls and the like) for children, my own child dresses in my wife’s princess consumes and sleeps with one of her small dolls, as so several of my wife’s customers children.
The CPSIA should be modified to take such small, personal, operations into account. I’m not a lawyer so in all honesty I don’t know want would be the best way to protect these small businesses, but I’m sure that there must be a way to do so.

Thank you for your time

Pedro C Barrenechea