How ’bout we stop trying to legislate common sense…

and deal directly with the manufacturers and importers of toxic, crappy plastic and lead laden toys, and not push every small business owner who makes anything that will come even remotely close to a child out of business forever.

How about we stop legislating nonsense? 

I’m not even sure where to start, but a well meaning law has gone so far off the deep end, that it will literally force makers of natural toys, children’s products, kids clothing, anything that could be *perceived* by the CPSC as geared to kids (even if it’s not), to go out of business.  In addition to requiring not only not allowing component testing to stand in for item testing, they are requiring it on EVERYTHING.  Every color, every size, everything.  I’ve seen costs for this range from 180 per item to 300 per item.  In some cases there will be SEVERAL tests required.  Make hand dyed baby onesies?  The fabric needs to be tested for lead, as do the dyes, the snaps and the thread.  All independantly.  EVERY COLOR.

If you can’t prove testing, and can’t provide certification, you are not in compliance.  You can be fined HUNDREDS of thousands, and face jail time.  

After Feb 9th, 2009, all these items you have made over the years, will suddenly be considered hazardous waste and can NOT be sold (accross state lines- apparently you can still sell in state only, and only if you state is not as rigorous as the Fed laws.

In addition, there are parts to this law that include apparel manufacturers.  “i’m not a manufacturer, I’m a dye artist, weaver, sewer, etc”  you say. Nope- if you make it and sell it, you are a manufacturer. You will be required to label even more stringently.  In addition, I believe- but am not positive because the whole thing is so damn confusing, submit products for testing for flammability, though it’s possible they will all just have to be labeled as flammable if you don’t. 

And apparently “labels” are not permanent enough to the cpsc, it is sounding more and more like it will have to be a permanent part of the product, not removable.  Yes that will look nice on that silk scarf.  “FLAMMABLE!”  No kidding.  So don’t butt your ciggy out on it! Or dangle it over an open flame. 

I urge anyone, or at least the 3 of you who read this :-) to look into how this affects your business and art. 

Some interesting articles can be found here:

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/new-product-safety-regulations-that-affect-all-manufacturers/

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/cpsia-requirements/

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/cpsia-and-small-manufacturers/

http://mothering.com/sections/action_alerts/toy-safety-legislation.html

Take a look, read up, contact your legislators, nearly all these links lead to more links.  And some sample letters if you know how to write one yourself.

I’m all for regulation and protecting kids.  I’m a mama, I know.  But I’m going to kick and scream about this one. 

 

more later…

Focus…

on my mind:

The Election

The Economy (and it’s effect on those of us selling “luxury” or “non-essential” items.)

Trying to build up stock for my Etsy shop, a few shows, and the holiday season in general.

Trying to find an artistic path instead of what lately seems like aimless wandering. (Today I’ll discharge silk, tomorrow I’ll slap wax around, the next day- painting, after that more shibori, what do i want to do, dye scarves forever?- or create my own fabrics to be used in other work, or maybe I’ll continue my fascination with Rozome, etc etc lather rinse repeat)

yada yada yada

More later.

and as testament to my apparent need for better focus, the first time I posted this I spent a half hour trying to find it…. only to find out that I accidentally wrote this as a page instead of a post…..

Comment Spam

Because of some spam attacks lately, comments are being monitored more closely. 

 If your message doesn’t pop up right away, please don’t get offended :-) it just means something in the message triggered the little internet elves to hold onto it for me to take a look at first.   I’ll post it as soon as I look at it.

 

thanks