Right now there is a law that will end hand made as we know it for children starting February 10, 2009. This is terrible news for handcrafters and others who demand handmade natural toys and goods for their children.
Essentially, the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act written by congress, would put many handcrafters, like myself out of business. In short, no product that is intended for child use in any way is to be sold without being tested for lead. Now handcrafters are not against the idea of eliminating lead in children's products, but we are not the cause of this legislation. The real purpose of this legislation is to prevent unsafe imports for children. But what it will do is that every hat that I make with one skein of yarn needs to be sent out for testing. Every shade, equals a new test. Even if I have proof from the manufactor that my yarn is lead-free, this as the law is currently written, is not good enough.
How thoughtless were the writers of this document?
In essence, if this were to relate to the food industry, it would allow Kraft and Dole to stay in business, but would destroy local farmer's markets.
I say put the burdon of proof on the manufactors who are selling the pieces and importing products to sell. They can afford the costly (thousands) it would take to test the items because it could be done on a larger scale. It would be more streamlined while still ensuring safety for America's children.
Small business, I sell less than 500 items a year, should not be shut down because of a thoughtless and poorly written legislation. This country is run on a symbiotic relationship within each other, do legislators not realize this yet? When peple couldn't pay mortgages, banks began to fail, and now the auto industry is in crisis. If they brush off handcrafters, what do they think will happen to the millions of crafters who buy supplies to make and sell their wares in this country alone? Those stores will fail, more jobs will be lost, thus plundging our economy into more of a tailspin.
Good intentions, bad legislation.
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