Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Find out about the CPSIA



















I generally try to keep my blog posts upbeat and happy. That's generally how I am as a person so it's usually not difficult. But for today's post, I'm afraid I'm going to take a heavier tone, simply because the subject is far too important to me both as an artist and a mother.

Please do take a few minutes to read through this post. I and so many others truly appreciate your time.

It concerns the CPSIA or the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. To show how real this is, Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying close attention to it.

But how will these new laws affect you? Here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves. There is no exemption for them. Here is an article from the American Library Association.

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. But then it won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, we're due to find items in non-compliance dumped into already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the big box stores as well. They can't sell it and they can't even give them away. If they are caught, it is a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend the money for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue making and/or selling them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. In a time when unemployment is reaching record highs, this doesn't bode well for the economy.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” Read about this in an article from The Wall Street Journal.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared for an intellectual workout, The CPSIA

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react. You can find out how to contact your representative here and your senator here.

22 comments:

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Thank you for your time, talents and voice Gretchen...(Holly too) regarding the blog-in...and..thank you for the forum.
Blessings~
Cindy AKA Sewhappy

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Thank you for your time, talents and voice Gretchen...(Holly too) regarding the blog in...and..thank you for the forum.
Blessings~
Cindy AKA Sewhappy

aliceinparis said...

Gretchen, It is very upsetting. I am desperately hoping that there will be some leeway. No books? That one REALLY gets to me. Thanks for posting this.
Cheers, Shelagh

TUTU Monkey said...

Gretchen...I have enjoyed your blog and your etsy store...thanks for allyou have done!! I am with ya sista!!

trinlayk said...

Thanks for the comment. I sometimes wonder if ANYONE reads my blog.

aliceinparis said...

I've linked to this from my blog(s):)

Zingo Tots said...

I am with you, today.
www.zingotots.blogspot.com

Winklepots said...

Gretchen, thank you for organizing this. It's such an important issue and more people need to be aware of the consequences to the law. It's so disheartening to see how far reaching its effects are.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your blog-in and that was sweet of you to include a set of korker bows from my shop. Hopefully, I'll be able to continue selling them once the law is amended.

alwaysadorable said...

My many thanks for your time and commitment in helping keep crafting of handmade quality alive! I too posted on my personal blog as well as my business blog. Everyone needs to know!

Bon said...

this is nutty. i had no idea it was so far-reaching...thanks Gretchen.

Morrgan said...

So well formulated and laid out, makes it easy to understand what this is all about and shows how many this will really affect. Thanks for posting this!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Gretchen, thanks for organizing this blog in with Holly! Excellent post and I hope we can all get this ridiculous law amended before it is too late! Good luck to everyone!

Marisa

OliveStreetStudio said...

I'm with you. Very upsetting to think that my 'cotton' chenille baby quilts will be tested in this way. I read a book a few years ago titled "The Death of Common Sense" about, you guessed it, laws causing more harm and hardship than good. Think I will dust it off.

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Thank-you! I just found out that some people have been crediting me for your great idea. I am so sorry I was so slow on the uptake. I've updated my blog-in post to try to correct the error.

LeAnne said...

Thanks Gretchen for doing your homework. I am going to link to this post on my blog to try and spread the word.

geschichtenvonkat said...

well said indeed, i have linked to your article on my blog as well!

http://thestoryofkat.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

Thank you for taking the time to coordinate the blog-in. You and Winklepots put togethers such a great blog entry that I used it almost "as is". Such an important topic!

Patricia Zapata said...

I've already started forwarding your informative post. Our school librarian had no idea about this! Thank you for taking them time of putting it together.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is so wonderful. What a great post!!!! I so enjoyed reading it! Great information on top of all that you are so very talented. Loved your Etsy store. I will have to go back a purchase something pretty for myself. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh my goodness! This is such a far reaching and restrictive law. I will put a link as soon as I can on my blog to your post here to try to pass the word on. Thank you for detailing it, and the ramifications, so well!

rozzissweetpeas said...

Thanks . It's important that the internet and public know that Etsy BABy and ETSY kids are committed to making Quality items and the baby/kid is always First when we craft. thanks rozzi

AgapeLiz said...

Is that only applies to US? That is not a good news though! Good to protect the kids but....