Monday, February 2, 2009

let them hug knitimals!

yes friends, it's true...

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

I think I am going to take a proactive cue from this whole thing and start identifying my specific materials on all the Knitimals hang tags. (Some of them are pure wool, others wool blends etc). I'm also, while exhausted, incredibly grateful for this experience, as it allowed me the opportunity to re-evaluate my career and my work; to spend time pondering the "what would i do without it"-ness of the whole thing. I was given the opportunity to speak out (and speak long) about the effects of this kind of legislation on commerce and people... two very different things. I feel re-invigorated. I love my work and I am proud of it.

and i'm proud of all of you who took the challenge and ran with it.
who chose to stand up for the little guys... and the wooly friends the little guys make.

if you want to know more about the decision and the people behind it...

Here's what (former) Acting Chair, Ms. Nancy Nord had to say about the stay.

Commissioner Moore, issued this statement, full of logic & reason.
applause, applause.

While this is great news for now (and it IS GREAT NEWS), we can't just sit back and assume everything will be hunky dory this time NEXT year. This law still needs to be reformed... there is still language that doesn't make sense, and it still doesn't make exceptions for the businesses who need them. So, we'll get down off our soap boxes now, but don't be surprised when i come a -calling again in a few months to remind you that CPSIA is still broken.

in the meantime--- buy handmade. buy small. buy local. any and every time you can.

xo, danamarie
Please visit the CPSC Web site for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.

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