Sunday, January 25, 2009

CSPIA ... a.k.a. "national bankruptcy day"

i've just been assuming that everyone else knows about this ridiculous law that is going to be effective on february 10th. then i was chatting with my mom and sister last weekend and realized that not everyone reads blogs and forums regarding manufacturing or selling.
not sure if you will be affected? if you manufacture anything for children under 12 .... if you sell anything for children under 12 ... if you BUY anything for children under 12 ... basically this affects EVERYONE!
the law will require anything intended for those under 12 to be tested for lead. it sounds good, but the reality is that it will negatively affect many businesses. protecting our children is important, unfortunately cspia will not accomplish that.
You can read my favorite article at Boutique Cafe, and here is the 2nd article in the series ... Please please please spread the word!
UPDATED: new information from etsy
What can you do?
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman 888-531-9070. on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30,
2) Email or snail mail your representatives. (sample letter!! super super easy!!)
3) Call your representatives. For their contact information just enter your zip code.
4) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue. The top 3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.
5) Sign the petition.
6) Spread the word! Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.
7) Join others in fighting this cause.
Facebook group
Twitter search
Save Handmade

Join the etsy community in the virtual chat with CPSIA Small Business Ombudsmen or send a handmade children’s item that will become “hazardous goods” as of 2/9/09 to Bobby Rush, founder of H.R. 4040. Thread
9) Read more about this legislation and its ramifications:
You can do your own reading, here are some places to start:
Etsy Forums
California Residents - Save Small Businesses
Smart Mama
Fashion Incubator ... Coping with Crisis (how it will affect large and small businesses, plus links to other artcles kathleen has written), CSPIA Requirements, National Bankruptcy Day
Fashion Incubator
Handmade Toy Alliance
National Bankruptcy Day
YouTube video
YouTube Video
YouTube Video
5 Minutes for Mom
Cool Mom Picks
The Smart Mama
Apparel and
Cafe Mom
Safety and Compliance
Freshly Baked Blog


Anonymous said...

A friend of mine makes baby items and read this law carefully to see how it would apply to her. It does not apply to one of a kind items, thrift stores, or consignment. Nearly everything that is hand made is one of a kind.

The CPSIA released a statement clarifying their position:

Jodi Jean said...

everything that is handmade is NOT one of a kind ... sure there are some exemptions, but MOST will be affected.

T.J. Shelby said...

Obviously, since chemicals are involved, I hear rumblings in the industry. (A) I don't think it'll be as bad as everyone fears, and (B) It probably will get tweaked and reformed.

Change is needed. Extreme change is not.

Jodi Jean said...

i don't think it will be as bad either, but i think people should be informed. most people i've talked to have never even heard about it.

there have already been changes since the crafting community has started to speak up, so i'm sure it will continue.

beck said...

i thought i read that cotton does not need to be tested for lead so then it wouldnt affect most clothes being sold. that is what i read on etsy a few weeks ago and thought that was the newest position. is that true???

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