A world without toys and cloth diapers...

That is what I'm afraid some houses will look like thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). A quick summary of this act is that it will force all items made for children 12 years and younger to be sold in the USA to meet a set of standards. This is a good thing, except that they are making the makers pay for all the testing. This will likely put all small and medium sized companies out of business, except for the large companies that make cheap plastic stuff in countries like China. Why? They have a larger profit margin to work with and produce mass quanities of the same toys and disposible diapers.

For people like us it means we will not have a Christmas tree with wooden toys underneath. Our kids will not have the safe toys made by a dad in Texas in his own little "Santa's workshop". It means that I can no longer buy my favorite cloth diapers made by a stay a home mom in her sewing room. This is not the world I want to raise my kids in.

I've signed the petition and sent the letters. I'm asking you to do the same. Please help to save future Christmas for the next generation. For more information please visit the Homemade Toy Alliance's website. They have great details, sample letter, and the petition to sign.

Once you've done your part post here!


Joy said...

PLUS, have you heard that they aren't going to allow resale shops to sell used toys or clothes? This act will have a HUGE environmental impact when all of those swings, playpens and clothes end up in landfills rather than being used by other children. Thank you so much for this important post! (and for joining us this week for Thrifty Green Thusday.)

Cathy said...

I hear you! I consign quite a bit and was shocked to hear about this! I need to send my letters today.

Mrs. (not) the Jet Set said...

Breaking news... Tonight they said on the news that they have changed the law to exclude testing of used items. Great news! We are half way there but can not give up now. We have to keep pushing them to finish making the needed corrections to the poorly written law.

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