An issue worth noticing... JULY 2008

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An issue worth noticing... JULY 2008

There is a big thread on the general debate board, but I thought I'd link it here since I know some of you make/sell items for children (myself included).

New law going into effect Feb 10th that requires anything sold for use by children be tested for lead. Sounds wonderful until you read everything that it entails.

Here's the link:

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=459548

I am in the process of researching whether this will affect my products since I don't have any plastic or metal in my eye patches and they are made entirely of cloth (though I don't know if the appliques I use are considered entirely cloth since it has the glue agent on the back).

But there are links to petitions on this thread and there are also groups you can join on facebook, etc. I would ask anyone who would ever buy anything second-hand or from a small business for your child to help get this amended so that many businesses don't have to shut down. Thanks!

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"~HollyBear~" wrote:

There is a big thread on the general debate board, but I thought I'd link it here since I know some of you make/sell items for children (myself included).

New law going into effect Feb 10th that requires anything sold for use by children be tested for lead. Sounds wonderful until you read everything that it entails.

Here's the link:

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=459548

I am in the process of researching whether this will affect my products since I don't have any plastic or metal in my eye patches and they are made entirely of cloth (though I don't know if the appliques I use are considered entirely cloth since it has the glue agent on the back).

But there are links to petitions on this thread and there are also groups you can join on facebook, etc. I would ask anyone who would ever buy anything second-hand or from a small business for your child to help get this amended so that many businesses don't have to shut down. Thanks!

ugh...well that's a big problem for lots of people. i know we buy a lot of hand-made stuff, but it's never anything w/ lead potential. i doubt the adhesive in your appliques have lead...but i don't know...

tfs!

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I can see this as a very good thing and yet a very bad thing. The thing i don't like is it's going to be on my birthday. Sad That would suck to have a bad thing happen on my birthday.

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Nothing bothers me more than fly by night legislature...

I really hope this bill gets poo-pooed and reevaluated. I mean, I completely understand the reason behind it, but the regulations are just ridiculous!

I am a second hand shopper... it would devestate me to see my favorite shop close.

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As a person that has a work-at-home business (on hiatus) centered around babies, I am beyond upset! I am written to my Senators about this, but really don't think they even read it as I have not recieved a response. I mean if the wipes cases that I buy from Walmart are approved, why do I have to go get them reapproved ya know? Or what about the velcro on my cloth diapers...

I can see the views behind the print, and the point they want to get across, but this is going to be bad on so many levels especially if it starts getting enforced.

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"~HollyBear~" wrote:

I am in the process of researching whether this will affect my products since I don't have any plastic or metal in my eye patches and they are made entirely of cloth (though I don't know if the appliques I use are considered entirely cloth since it has the glue agent on the back).

!

You will probalby be exempt as a durable good - almost like eyeglassess - I posted on the GDB but peoples efforts would be best focused on the Commission itself rather than congress - the likelihood of it being overturned is close to none but the Commission will decide implementation and enforcement - the more input they get before they make rules, the better.

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I haven't gone to the debate board (I try to avoid it) but am very aware of this issue. I'm involved in a very big consignment sale, twice a year, and it can be affected. But there was breaking news yesterday that sales like that are excempt.

I really don't understand how clothing can contain lead or even be considered with this legislature, but everything I've read so far says that children's clothing (and cloth diapers) are included.

I don't get it. I mean, I get that we don't want lead in toys, and I think a lot is being done to prevent that (but maybe we should stop importing toys from China), but is this legislature necessary? I think it hurts a LOT more people than it helps.

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It's not just lead there's other chemicals and it can be in the labels (like the Carter clothing issues).

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"coolmama72" wrote:

I don't get it. I mean, I get that we don't want lead in toys, and I think a lot is being done to prevent that (but maybe we should stop importing toys from China), but is this legislature necessary? I think it hurts a LOT more people than it helps.

I agree!

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may be waaayyyy off here, but this is really bothering me...

My DS#1 who is 5, wore all the same baby clothes brands/had all the same toys/ate all the same food that these people have been manufacturing for quite some time. I see NO evidence whatsoever that he has been affected by any sort of lead/chemical poisining...

I am 30... when I was a baby, I can only imagine what was used to manufacture baby items... but again, here I stand, perfectly healthy (albiet a little strange).

So my point is... how devestating (truly) are the "chemicals" that are being used? I am just having a toughtime jumping on the "deadly chemical" bandwagon.

And, sorry, I probably should have put that on the debabte board.

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It's kid stuff marketed to kids 12 and under so it's a huge spectrum of stuff - especially cheap toys and jewelry - stuff that breaks, etc. Part of the problem is also people letting kids have access to stuff that isn't age appropriate.

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"PWammy" wrote:

It's kid stuff marketed to kids 12 and under so it's a huge spectrum of stuff - especially cheap toys and jewelry - stuff that breaks, etc. Part of the problem is also people letting kids have access to stuff that isn't age appropriate.

I see... Yeah I understand this aspect. I have been dissapointed a number of times by toys considered to be "quality" only to have my 5 year old disintigrate it in less than 3 seconds...

Seems to me an educational campaign would serve this cause MUCH better than a nationwide "cleansing". I see the immediate need for change, but not panic.

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