January 6, 2008 – As some of you may or may not know, I am blessed to be the mother of a three year old girl. Packing up from the holidays brings to mind the subject of toys. As my daughter grows, this subject is becoming (and will continue to become) a tough one for me. With so many family members and friends excited to buy presents for her, we end up with overload in the toy department. It forces me to make judgements about where, how and how much am I willing to bend in my beliefs and standards. Post Christmas, with so many questions swirling around in my head, I am struck by new legislation in the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Improvent Act which enforces strict testing and labelling for all toys and games for children under 12. This legislation is go into effect February 2009. No doubt this is in reaction to recalls of plastics, paints and other harmful products. The handmade community is upset however because if forces really small businesses – like handmade ones – to comply as well. And the issue extends beyond toys into clothing as well. It is such a huge deal in the small-run makers/manufacturing world that people are referring to the day the act goes into effect as National Bankruptcy Day. Ugh.
This image is courtesy of Hello Pineapples who makes some of the cutest sock monkeys around (and sells them here at Love, Me)
According to Etsy.com, as of January 5, the Deputy Director at CPSI has a “desire to communicate with the crafter community” regarding this issue and will keep Etsy personnel up-to-date.
As far as I can tell, this is not (yet) affecting Canadian manufacturing.