Thursday, December 11, 2008

When Child Protection Goes TOO FAR

Because of the recent problems with toy safety from mass-produced products from China, the Consumer Product Safety Commission passed the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, which will effectively make handmade toys and clothes illegal, no matter where they were made.

Please go read about it over at Cool Mom Picks. This is distressing as a mother AND as a crafter. This act will go into effect in two months unless we can do something about it. There are individual and group letter writing campaigns to the CPSC and to Representatives. I plan to take part in several, and hope that you will do the same.

Not all handmade toys and clothes are appropriate or well made, but let's allow for a little consumer choice, here. Banning them completely is NOT the answer.

The Handmade Toy Alliance
Sample Letter
Write your Representative

Elvis, Eat Your Heart Out

Even more Mao.

Although the last looks more like Kim Jong-il, to me.