Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Save Handmade!

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was voted on by Congress in an attempt to put an end to toxins in toys by requiring extensive third party testing. While the CPSIA is intended to make toys safe for our children, and that is to be applauded, small businesses (and even people like me who are not really a business) are not addressed in their guidelines. This will affect toy manufacturers, clothes manufacturers, and the thousands of people who run small businesses/have shops on Etsy/sell things at craft fairs/etc. The high costs of testing their products will put many people out of business--including those that sell handmade clothes, wooden toys, baby slings and carriers, hairbows, felt food, burp rags, cloth diapers and more!

Please help save handmade items and small businesses by checking out the links below, which have more information and ways that you can support homemade items.

Boutique Cafe--National Bankruptcy Day
Cool Mom Picks (lots of resources, including the Save Handmade button I am using)

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