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I’m all for getting the toxins out of toys. Being a natural mama, I am very aware of the toxins present in most toys, clothing, cleaners ect… This new law is to help protect our children from lead present in toys because of big businesses that outsource to other countries. But it’s not only going to affect the big businesses but also all of our small business owners as well.
“The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger — including clothing — be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven’t been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead (LA Times Read More).”
Anything that is used and has not been tested will have to go to the landfills. This is a big waste! Not only will this affect all of the thrifty families out there, but also the natural families. We won’t be able to buy quality hand-made products if they haven’t been tested, and we won’t be able to buy used clothing and toys either. Unless small businesses can afford the cost of the testing (which most cannot), they will have to close their doors. Buying used apparel will be a thing of the past! And don’t think that this won’t affect Ebay and Craigslist!
What can you do?
Contact your Congressmen and Senators and let them know how you feel about this new law!
Contact the Government specifically regarding this law!
Spread the word any way that you can! Make sure everyone you know is aware of what is happening.
Change starts with the individual. Don’t sit there thinking that you don’t need to do anything because there are enough people taking a stand. If this is allowed to go through, our economy will crash even harder than it has. Just think of the far-reaching affects of all the small children’s consignment shops, all the thrift stores, and all the work-at-home moms that make us wonderful hand-made products shutting down their businesses. And YOU will no longer be able to resell your children’s used clothing and toys. Can you image what will happen?
It makes me very scared to think about. So stand up and let your voice be heard! Special thanks to all those that emailed me regarding this!
Update: CPSC Clarifies the New Law
CPSC has clarified the new law, and says that it will not affect resellers. Unfortunately, our small hand-made products and small businesses owners will still drastically be affected. We do need to ensure that are children’s items are non-toxic, but we can’t have all these small businesses put out of business. We still need a a way for our small business owners to be able to comply with new regulations without having to close their doors because they cannot afford the product testing.