Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Last month of business?

Consumer Product Safety Commission law

I'm not sure how many of you have heard about a new law that is going into effect to protect children ages 12 and under on Feb. 10 so here is the short of the long (written on my etsy page):
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is a new law put into effect to protect children under the age of 12 from lead and other harmful products in toys and items. A great law considering the mishaps with the toys from China last year. But this law is so broad and general that it doesn't take into account small businesses nor those who deal with fabric like me. Basically everyone who sells any item that may be used for a child 12 and under will need to enlist (and pay a lot of $) a third party to test their items for lead and other harmful chemicals. For me and many others, my fabric, thread, buttons etc have already been tested by the original manufacturer and it will put me out of business to have my own testing (along with thousands or other small businesses). 
So that is the short story. To find out more or to sign a petition to have this law "refined" please visit http://cpsia-central.ning.com..
Here is an article written this past week in the LA Timeson the effects of the new law:
"Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing. 

The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead."
Go here to read more.

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