Have you heard about this? Remember when we were all scared by the lead found in toys imported from China in 2007? Well, in response Congress passed this act that will go into effect February 10 that will require third-party testing of all children’s products: clothes, books, toys, hair-clips, you name it, for lead and harmful chemicals. Sounds like a good idea, until you look at the details. For companies like Wal-mart who sell in massive quantities, this will not be as devastating. But for that mom next-door who sells her great stuff on etsy? Impossible. This will basically put all small business and cottage industry crafters out of business. This will also mean higher-priced children’s products, fewer choices, and more waste. (May even affect the ability to buy second-hand children’s products from the library or good will.) All of this seems especially ill-timed in light of the current economic downturn.
Sarah Jane does a much more thorough job of explaining at her blog today. Read there for more details and background.
The important thing to do is to contact your Congress Representative and Senator. There are even sample letters you can use. The more people who do this the better! It will only take you a few minutes to complete this process online. And pass this message on!
These cute pony-tail holders by nettiepete are the very kind of thing that could be affected. Crazy. So do something. Whenever there is a heated debate of some kind, I always like to look at both sides and you can soon cut through the rhetoric on either side and see things a little more clearly. After doing that, this is one of those issues that definitely needs a little more review and refining by Congress before it is put into action.