Under the new laws, Logan will be required to test each part that goes into her clothing creations (including fabric, thread, snaps, designs, and tags) by August of 2009. Based on prices she has been quote, it will cost her small business between $18,000 and $37,000 for each run. Her total revenue in 2008 was $38,000.
If you make any handmade items for sale - even at flea markets and crafts shows (or to donate) - and that includes using pre-made parts to assemble clothing, toys, and other items, this law affects you. Even if you use paints and products already tested for lead by the manufacturers you are required to have them re-tested! How you can get involved:
- Sign a petition in protest of CPSIA regulations.
- Join the fastest-growing group of grassroots activists on Facebook.
- Join a discussion on change.org and contribute your ideas to our National Campaign geared toward fixing the CPSIA.
- Write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys. (The Hand Made Toy Alliance offers a sample letter.)
- Toymakers & Toy-related businesses can join the Handmade Toy Alliance.
- Everyone (businesses and individuals) can also join the the CPSIA information group.