Help save hand-crafted and high quality European toys!
A quick update on more that you can do to help revise the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA):
This is really easy, will take you less than a minute, and could be potentially very effective in raising awareness in Washington about the issue of overly broad toy testing requirements:
Go to this link at Change.org:
and vote for this cause. The top 10 causes will be presented to President-Elect Obama for review. This issue is currently #4 and so it is definitely in the running! Hooray! Read more about what your vote means here.
You can also put this widget on your blog or website to help spread the word:
If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, here is a brief summary:
In August 2008 Congress passed the CPSIA with the goal of improving toy safety. It bans lead and phthalates from toys and children’s products and also mandates lots of extra testing and labeling. Well, the thought is nice, but in reality only large corporations will be able to afford the certification required. There is no exception for hand-crafted toys, or toys already certified under strict European standards.
The statute is overly broad and will effectively prohibit the sale of handmade toys in the United States. Even German toymaker Selecta has decided that the new law is too burdensome and has already withdrawn from the U.S. market.
If you want to, you can read more about this issue in these posts of mine:
Auf Wiedersehen Selecta (…Good-Bye Hand-Crafted Toys?)
Our Last Selecta Toy