I usually try to name my posts something clever. But this time I wanted to make sure that it would come up in a Google search for this topic. Yes, my opinion is that important. LOL.
I just got an email today about the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). They were put in place in response to all the crappy stuff that China was sending us. It is necessary, but they have started taking it a little far. By February 10 they are going to require all products for children 12 & under to be independently tested. This testing would cost up to $4000 a piece (like each cute little teddy bear or baby onesie has to undergo $4k testing)!! Which means that awesome sites like etsy.com would quickly go outta business! And forget about buying second-hand stuff on eBay or Craigslist, or GoodWill for that matter… that’s gonna be taken out too!
If you are like me and heart handmade goodies and second hand treasures, here is some more info and some things you can do…
Here are some articles/blogs explaining in more detail:
Proposal from the Handmade Toy Alliance for changes to the CPSIA:
What you can do:
Write to your Congressperson: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Write to your Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Write to the CPSC (they do not have the authority to change the law, but have some leeway in how they enforce it): http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/newleg.aspx
The Handmade Toy Alliance has a sample letter here: http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/how-you-can-help
Post about this on your blog or webpage, if you have one. Spread the word!