Sunday, December 14, 2008

Save Handmade!!

Well big government strikes again & this time it's at an industry that I know we all love. Lets all do our part so that this wonderful creative community will continue to provide us with beautiful one of a kind creations (that have nothing to do with dora)
Instead of writing my own (i'm tired) I've copy & pasted from Cool Mom Picks blog*
Save Handmade Toys
*We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.
With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.

How to Get Involved -- it only takes 5 minutes of your time!
-Find your
congress personand senators and write a letter like the sample here.Particularly if they serve on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection or the House Committee on Small Business.
-Send an email directly to the
CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923
-Vote for amending the law on
Change.org, digg style: With enough votes it will be presented to President Obama in January!
-Place the
Save Handmade! button on your blog or website to help spread the word to everyone you know who cares about protecting the little guy and preserving beautiful items made with love for our children.

Fantastic Resources
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The Handmade Toy Alliance (check out their proposed changes, a lot of which make a whole lot of sense
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CPSIA Facebook Group
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CPSIA information group on ning
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Z Recommends: Five steps you can take to save natural toys (excellent reading)
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Fashion Incubator
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The Smart Mama
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Etsy business forums (including this specific thread on local media coverage
-Twitter: Search using the
#CPSIA hashtag
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Endangered Whimsy - a blog gallery of handmade products endangered by the CPSIA. Feel free to submit yours.
Video: Handmade Portraits

Press, related posts and late-breaking news
Activism alert: Etsy artists band together and
send handmade toys to Congressman Rush
Patriot Ledger Editorial: "New law to put thousands of out work"
Boing Boing: "Consumer safety rule could drive crafters out of business"
Mothering.com: "Good intentions lead to catastrophic results for the natural toy industry"
Wall Street Journal: "Vendors urge relaxed lead safety rule" (despite the misleading headline)
DaddyTypes: "Is CPSC's new lead regulation going to wipe out the baby non-industrial complex next February?"
Eco Child's Play: "New consumer safety laws will make handmade, natural toys illegal"
Mom-101: "In support of work-at-home moms and other reasons to defeat the CPSIA act"
ETSY open letter on CPSIA
Startup Nation: Will CPSIA affect you?
Have some news for us or want more info?
Contact Liz and Kristen at info@coolmompicks.com with SAVE HANDMADE in the subject.

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