Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Help Save Handmade!

I don't know if you guys know, but there is a new law coming into play in February that is basically going to put many small artisans out of business!




From the Save Handmade Website:

Overview

We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.

With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.

So please go check out the Save Handmade website and add their button to your blog or website - I did!!!!

5 comments:

Lily said...

i didn't know about this. thanks for the heads up

Melanie said...

Hi thanks for visiting my blog. I have a few friends who are wonderfing if thy can continue to sell to the US so I'll pass on your link.

Thanks.

méri said...

Thanks for your nice words!
I've already read about it. It's a bad new, indeed.

Michelle said...

great post to get the word out!

Kitty said...

Hi Chelsea. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a nice comment!

You have a great place here - I admire your paper crafting enormously. Your son is a cutie.

I'll definitely be back.

Take care :-)