Save Handmade: What You Can Do

Sheri Reed

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Everyone from CafeMom members, Cool Mom Picks, and Etsy to Babble, ohdeedoh, Babycenter, and hundreds of others are up in arms about new regulatory legislation, recently passed through Congress under the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act—legislation which may put thousands of independent toy makers and handcrafters out of business.

Starting in February 2009, this blanket "safety" act, will restrict toymakers and handcrafters who cannot verify their products *do not* contain lead and phthalateseven if their products are, say, fabric, wood, or another material that doesn't contain lead or harmful chemicals. Of course, most small business handcrafters and artisans cannot reasonably afford the certification they would need to provide such proof.

From Cool Mom Picks:

"We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust."

Visit the "Help Us Save Handmade!" page at Cool Mom Picks to get involved and stay up to date on this new legislation.

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