I don't EVER EVER post things like this, but this really has my panties in wad. This isn't a fwd, this is something I started here on my own.
PLEASE PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS, AND PASS IT ON!!!
On February 10th, 2009 a new law goes into effect banning all items labelled as children's products unless they have required third party testing done on them, so that they may be deemed safe for children. This will require all manufacturers to third-party test their items to make sure that the item is safe for yours, mine and the neighbor's child to touch, and play with. I'm all for protecting our children, but the wording in the law has me really upset.
It will put all of our handmade creators out of business. I make tie blankets (and I know some of the women here on preg.org sell things on Etsy), and if I ever chose to want to sell them- I'd be forced to hire an outside party to test them to make sure that children could be around them. Testing like this can cost upwards of $25,000 PER ITEM BEING TESTED!! Places like Etsy will cease to exist. No longer will you be able to buy handmade stuff on eBay. Great businesses like 10,000 Villages will be put outta business because the women who make them, providing us with these unique creations, will not be able to afford such testing.
AND WHO IS THE GOV'T TO BE ABLE TO SAY WHAT WE CAN GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN!!
That homemade puzzle you wanted to buy because it was made of organic wood, and would be better than the crap they ship here from China... NO LONGER AVAILABLE!! Those cute handmade bibs and booties you wanted to buy your niece for her coming home outfit.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!
And worse yet, places like Goodwill and Salvation Army will be required to do such testing on anything donated to them that they wish to sell. Many used items will be forced to be thrown away, because charitable organizations will not be able to afford all of the required testing.
THIS SERIOUSLY ISN'T A JOKE!! I'm so upset you guys
here are some links for you to read. Your rights as a mother, a parent, or anyone who wants to have children someday ARE BEING VIOLATED!! And if you are a creator of any handmade items, you should DEFINITELY be in a tizzy.
Here is where you can find out more about what I'm talking about
And Here is the link to the actual law that's been passed:
http://www. cpsc. gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia. html
And if you seriously haven't heard about Etsy Yet, you should TOTALLY check it out:
http://www. etsy. com/
Everything is so beautiful and you can tell all of the creators and artists have poured their hearts and souls into these items.
Thanks to everyone who read this. Please vote and contact your senators about this new bill, so we can get it amended before tens of THOUSANDS of handmade, unique items are forced to be thrown into the landfills because small business owners can't afford this testing.
With Love For All Handmade Things,