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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Good News for Small Toy Makers and Craftspeople

You may remember my recent outrage over the short-sightedness of the CPSIA legislation designed to protect consumers from lead and pthalates in children's products. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Read the original post here.) I am pleased to say that the power of individual voices -- of bloggers and moms, craftspeople and Etsy shop owners -- CAN and DOES make a difference. I just got the following email from the Handmade Toy Alliance:

Thank you for your support on change.org! Because of your votes, 'Save Small Business from the CPSIA' is now one of the top ten ideas for change in America on change.org. These ideas were presented to President-elect Obama's change.gov/transition team at a press event in Washington DC this past Friday, January 16th.

With 12,280 votes from supporters, our issue is now part of a campaign to increase national awareness of the lack of provisions for small business in HR4040, the CPSIA, and bring about positive changes to the law. In the upcoming week, we will be working with the change.org team to engage an appropriate non profit group to help us further our cause.

A forum has been opened for discussion on how to most effectively turn our idea into a successful national campaign, and the Handmade Toy Alliance would love your suggestions on how to bring about this Idea for Change. You can join the conversation here:


We still have a lot of work ahead of us to make it possible for the thousands of American craftspeople and small businesses to stay in business, and to keep unique, beautiful hand-made children's products available to consumers. But this was an important milestone in our journey, and we are grateful to you for helping us to reach it.

You may wish to join in the conversation using the links above. But even if you don't, you should know that our voices DO get heard, that we have strength in numbers. This is an issue that was largely out of the mainstream media until bloggers and other online sources started paying attention and raising awareness. And now, it's in the top 10 agenda items the incoming administration will consider.

That, my friends, is a reason to speak out, speak up, and spread the word when the cause warrants.

Happy Sunday!


BookMamma said...

Awesome progress! Great news that advocacy is still effective. Thanks for your post & your tweets!

LceeL said...

Very cool. I am proud to have been able to add my voice to this effort - small though it may be.

LceeL said...

My voice - not the effort.

Lisa said...

I just found out that not only does this law affect toymakers, but it also would require thrift stores to test all their children's clothes, and libraries and used book stores to test all their children's books printed before 1985. Books!?!?! Since when are book physically harmful. Of course, most of these products will just no longer be sold, seeing as the sellers can't afford the testing.

I am sure you, personally, will be sad to not be able to buy old out-of-print children's books, since you have mentioned them on your blog before. And, especially, in cold states like Michigan, the ability to buy second-hand coats and sweaters should not be taken away from families in these lean times.

Thanks for alerting me to the issue. I have written several e-mails to my Congressmen, and plan to keep on writing until they fix this.


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