Hand Made Goods are facing a tough time in the next few months. A new law called CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) is about to be implemented, and is threatening all the handmade items that could come in contact with children.
The law was created to protect children from the issues that have raised from all the Chinese imports containing harmful chemicals like Lead. The contaminated toys posed a thread and the US Government stepped in, creating a law that demands that all items that may come in contact with children to be tested for those harmful chemicals.
The problem with the law it covers such a broad number of items and the description is so vague and extensive that in reality demands that anything that a child may be attracted to (Like my dolls, although they are not intended to be toys, just decorative items) must, by law, be tested
via a prohibitively expensive process that is unaffordable to small crafters and artists like me, and many other who sell on Etsy and many other places, even if we can prove that our process only uses materials certified as non toxic.
I urge you to contact your authorities to let them know that the law needs extensive revisions to take in account people like Independent Artists who create one of a kind items, as well as small shops, hard working moms and artisan families who depend on the income generated by our hand made goods to support our families.
You can read more about CPSIA by following these links:
Cool Mom Picks: save handmade
ETSY's open letter to CPSIA
CPSIA Official Site
And last but not least:
change.org: Save Small Business From the CPSIA
VOTE Before Jan 15th!
Thanks a lot for your support!