Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CPSIA-Blog-In



Here is a post from a fellow Etsy Seller regarding the CPSIA laws, and has requested that as many bloggers as possible post on their blog. So, here it is:

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

7 comments:

Maricris said...

I have seen quite a few bloggers posting this and I'm glad that we are uniting to reach one common goal. I hope this helps all of us come Feb 10th.

Winklepots said...

Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this poorly written law, Joani. It affects us all. Here's hoping it's amended soon to minimize the damage being done.

Joani said...

Thanks for taking the time to put all of this info. together!

Jewelry Elegance by jill said...

Joani

I've nominated you for the "Marie Antoinette Award" on my blog.

jill

Joani said...

Thanks Jill, I will stop by your blog!
I tried updating my blog and it wasn't letting me download photos. Will have to keep trying.

Trish said...

I must be missing something. I purchase lead test kits...test items that I sell or make. The cost of the tests is not very much. One box has 25 tests in it. I didn't even buy at whole sale price.

I understand the landfill problem, but the whole recycling business is troublesome to me. It helps the environment, but what about our individual health. Like drinking from cups that have been recycled from 100% post consumer waste. Chemicals are used to recycle these items many times until they are made into cups or what ever object they are suppose to be made into...and that's all if it is a responsible recycling facility. There's always something these days...:(

Joani said...

Hi Trish,
As I state at the beginning of this post, it was written by another seller on Etsy. She asked people to blog and post this article and I did it as a favor to her and all those who may be affected by this Law. I do not make children's cloths, toys or jewelry for kids, only adults-so I personally do not know as much about CPSIA as some. I do know that because of all the lead in products from China, that small businesses here in the U.S. as well as large, are expected to test their products for lead, and that is going way too far for us little guys and will put many out of business. People have claimed that it is very expensive to test and the test destroys their product. But, who knows. Like I said, I published this as a favor to those who apparently will be deeply affected by this because I believe in their "cause".
If this lead testing turns out to not be as big as a deal as some say, great!