Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blog In

To my blog friends.....I hate to sound like an alarmist crazy woman that needs to get a life....but I really feel it is important to keep our kids safe from lead without this new overreaching law.........so I am putting on a tutu and joining a "Blog In" today.........

The following information is republished with permission from chichiboulie and Winklepots on Etsy:

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 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 Forbeshttp://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,

Did you know?
If this upsets or alarms you, please react.


ChichiBoulie said...

Thank you for your support!

The Clever Kitty said...

Thanks for joining the blog-in! If anyone is looking for more info or ways to help, Etsy has put together a fantastic CPSIA Action Kit:


Zingo Tots said...

Hey! THanks for dropping by! I am with you, too!

Your daughter is absolutely adorable!!!

Tink said...

I've been reading about this in our papers with legislation! It's time to stand up.

Jane said...

Hope you don't mind...I copied yours and put it on mine also!

TUTU Monkey said...

No that is great...thank Jane

Christiana said...

Thanks for the sweet comment!

Love your blog.

Your little girl is just scrumptious.

Winklepots said...

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

PS, the pics in your Oh NO!!! post are adorable.

Havefaith said...

Hang in there girls!!!!! Faith

Rhonda said...

I will post this tomorrow. Dana, this is so incredibly horrible. I think then we should start marketing all these "kids" goods to adults. I mean... just think... we could start a new tag line... Mom's Tutu's... Mom's red wagons. Mom's dolly's. NOT FOR CHILDREN...only for "MOMS." Wink wink.

Zoe said...

Thank you for helping spread the word!!!! You are wonderful!


Ali, Ryan and Rayna said...

Hope you don't mind, I linked you on my page!



my little buttercup said...

This sure does bite the big one. I have faith it will turn around. No law can stop me from buying noggin toppers and tutus! (of course for my self...if you can't where a chicken in you hair, you are not a truly confident woman)!
They're idiots! When it is a normal hour, I will copy and paste on my blog.