Sunday, January 4, 2009

New CPSIA law may destroy thousands of US small businesses

(copied from this website www.change.org
as I couldn't have worded it better. Please vote online if you support this proposal.
As someone who used to sell handmade children's clothing for many years I feel for all the small businesses catering to families who prefer handmade or manufactured with natural materials in small scale production numbers.)
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Save Handmade Toys From the CPSIA

A Proposal From the handmadetoyalliance.org:

In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small parts, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and updating their molds to include batch labels.
For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing, to the tune of up to $4,000 per toy, will likely drive them out of business. And the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007. Toy makers won't be the only ones impacted by the CPSIA, the thousands of US businesses who offer clothing, jewelry and other gifts for children --in essence-- the entire children's industry will be as well.

The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of toys that have earned and kept the public's trust. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade toys will no longer be legal in the US.

Thriving small businesses are crucial to the financial health of our nation. Let's amend the CPSIA so that all businesses large and small are able to comply and survive!

2 comments:

kim* said...

i dont mind the whole thing about keeping children safe so im for it but at the same time they need to make the cost to do that cheaper...

or at least have the items we use to make it tested therefore not needing the maker to do the testing part. its tricky.

Angelika@ Purple Sage Designz said...

I agree on the need for safety and regulations that will keep our children safe when playing or wearing clothes without poisonous ingredients, Kim.
At the same time I feel it will be handled in a way that will keep large importers in business and will eliminate the small one-person biz or small manufacturers who work with home-grown materials. Yep, it's tricky. I hope changes will be made that actually will make sense.