**I will add links and updates to this post as I come across them.**
Okay People...I do not write this lightly. I am begging you to read this post, research the links, and act now!
About a week ago I received an email posted on a homeschool loop I am on about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This act was signed into law last August and will be in effect on Feb. 10th of this year. Rebecca Wilson from Hope Chest Legacy, a homeschool vendor who will closing down her business as a result of this Act explains it better than I can:
"This law may have been intentioned to protect American children from lead and high PCB levels, but what it will actually do is cause havoc in American homes and in our economy. It is a VERY badly written law, vague and open ended in many ways. Although written with China made products in mind, it is open for ANY item sold in the USA regardless of where the item was manufactured.
This law requires that ANY item that comes in contact with a child who is 12 years old and under, to be tested at a government approved testing facility and have a 'certification' placed on the item. Sounds simple enough, but the fallout is much more intense.
The cost of having a single wood block tested is $150. To have a wooden baby's teething rattle tested would be $4000. Even books, DVDs, clothing, handmade toys or blankets, children's clothing, the bags items are packed in and sold in, etc come under this new law. ANYTHING that comes into contact with a child under 12 years of age is required to be tested and certified."
I honestly figured this was hype when I received the first email and blew it off. Until I received the email from Rebecca Wilson. I adore her products and the fact that this was hitting so close to home had me concerned. So I started researching...
Check out this post on a forum from a woman named Kathleen Fasenella who has been to Washington D.C. in attempt to fight this. She says:
There is a grave crisis in the industry. I don't post here much so if you don't know me, I don't blame you for thinking I'm a kook, alarmist, extremist or conspiracy theorist. What I'm going to tell you is all too true. In a nutshell, as of 2/10/2009, it will be illegal to sell most products intended for children 12 and younger unless you undergo expensive product testing to certify your products as safe. There are no exemptions or exceptions. This includes wahm or grandmas making items for bazaars, craft shows, etsy, ebay, or just person to person sales. As of February 10, 2009 (National Bankruptcy Day) anything without a General Conformity Certificate is legally considered Banned Hazardous Material."
Let me break this down...ANYONE WHO SELLS PRODUCTS, NEW OR USED, THAT ARE INTENDED FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS UNDERGO EXPENSIVE TESTING...I'm talking toys, clothes, BOOKS, CURRICULUM...Even selling used toys/books to your friends WILL BECOME ILLEGAL without having them tested.
This means no more selling children's products on Ebay or Etsy.
I received an email that said Amazon has ALREADY contacted their vendors to let them know they will not sell children's items without the testing. I contacted an amazon.com rep this morning who verified that vendors had been notified that they would need to comply with this act! But she obviously didn't understand that in order to comply with the act, anyone who wanted to sell their used copy of Goodnight Moon for $2 on amazon.com that was published pre-2009 would first need to have it tested for $500+. She gave me the fax and address for their legal dept. for further questions.
Children's Consignment Stores will have to close. GOODWILL HAS ALREADY DECIDED THEY WILL NO LONGER CARRY CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND SOME OF THEM ARE CLOSING.
Do you realize how this will effect the homeschool community? Almost every company that I buy homeschool books, curriculum, and products from are a mom and pop organization that will not be able to afford this kind of testing. We will no longer be allowed to sell used products for our children online and will be breaking the law if we do it in person. How many homeschool moms do you know earn extra income by making hairbows, blankets, and toys? They would no longer be able to do that.
My husband and I have been in contact with HSLDA and they just found out about this YESTERDAY! They are looking into it as I type.
HOMESCHOOLERS, MOMS AND DADS, BLOGGERS we are a large voice in this community and the word needs to get out now! Please look at the following links, write a post on your blog, email friends, and more importantly contact your representatives! MOST IMPORTANTLY, PRAY.
Here is a link to a PDF of the act (refer to pg 7):
Here is a link to another interesting article which provides you with the address for the Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/263549
Here is a link to an article interviewing a homeschool mom of 13 who will have to close her home-based used book business:
Here is a link that has lots of information about how this will effect the "Homemade" industry as well as a button that you can put on your blog:
Some people are calling Feb. 10th, 2009 "National Bankruptcy Day" because of all the businesses that will have to close. See here:
Here is a Facegroup site working to fight against it:
YOU can sign this petition:
Here is a link to the list of The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
If any one of these Representatives are YOUR representative, PLEASE call & email them to voice your concerns about the provisions in the law as they affect you and the children's products industry in general:
PLEASE everyone, write your congress person here... https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
and your Senator here...http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Also contact the CPSC about the CPSIA...
PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE BY HEATHER IDIONI FROM THE HOMESCHOOL NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS TITLED, "The Sale of Children's Books to be Banned"
Are you a quilter or do you sew? Read this to see how you will be effected:
Here is a very simple letter that I have been sending and emailing to my representatives.
To (name of Representative)
I have recently read about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and I am deeply concerned. I am a mother of six young children and know what it is like to worry about the safety of the products and toys that they are being exposed to. That being said, I am also a consumer of many small businesses that would be put out of business due to this law being passed. I could not count the number of books, toys, curriculum, and other products that we currently use and love that would literally disappear as a result of this law...products from small businesses that have been used in our home and others for many years without any safety issues. I have come to trust these companies to provide safe and quality products for our family.
I am writing to tell you that I am opposed to the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act as it is currently written and urge you to change it before it goes into effect! I have no interest in seeing the American home-based businesses that I know and love and the children's consignment shops, not to mention America's entrepreneurial spirit, vanish from this great nation.
Shanna (last name)
**UPDATE: As of today...there may be relief for resellers of used items:
Still nothing for home-based businesses marketing new products.**
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