Monday, January 26, 2009

Save Handmade Childrens Toys and Apparel

Please help save small businesses like mine.

The Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) is due to take effect on February 10, 2009. The CPSIA has lots of different requirements regarding testing for lead and phthalates of all products (including organic clothing) intended for children age 12 and under. Under the very important auspices of child safety, the Act may have grave unintended consequences: fewer choices for families who are looking for organic clothing and natural toys. Many retailers of children's clothing (including small businesses like mine) have expressed fears that they won't be able stay in business due to the burdensome cost of testing and certification pursuant to the proposed legislation.

Here at Lil' LJ, we know the product we are supplying complies to these laws and is safe for your lil' ones. However, as the law is currently written and understood, we may not be able to afford the costs associated with third party testing of our products. They are requiring an "end product" test, which with personalized items, is an impossibility. The tests can run up to $4000 per product line. With fines upwards of $100,000, it's a risk we can't take.

Currently there is a lot of uncertainty about how exactly this law will "look" once February 10 arrives, and lawmakers are at work clarifying the details.

There is still time - time to email Congress, spread the word so we can all be informed, and stock up on favorite cotton and organic clothing and natural toy items that may be difficult to buy in America in the future. We may find increased costs in all aspects of the children's markets from this law and you will find it impossible to purchase a knit hat for your child at your next craft show.

For more information, please check the following link:

I hope to continue to provide a safe and unique product to you after February 10, 2008. This has been a dream of mine to create this clothing line and I will do everything I can to keep my business!


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