As you know, recycling clothing is the best way to keep clothing away from the landfills. Secondhand and thrift stores play an important part to help keep up the flow and crafters do their small part by using recycled materials in their projects. Well, a new law called Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that BUSH and his government passed in 2008 has actually made the selling of used kid's clothing illegal (unless they have gone through a serious of expencive chemical tests). This law might have been done in a good spirit but it was very poorly executed... All of these changes this law requires will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing, to the tune of up to $4,000 per toy, will likely drive them out of business. They never even had any part or blame in the 2007 incidences that lead to passing this law! SIGN THIS PETITION to amend the law to exclude handmade goods and secondhand clothing. Many members of the Etsy community have been involved in spreading the word about the impact the CPSIA might have on handmade and vintage toy and children's apparel businesses as this law could potentially make them go out of business. And why am I worrying about this law since I´m not making handmade goods for children and I live outside US?? Because this law has to be changed in the name of common sence. Our goal to keep children safe cannot be executed at the expence of small businesses and people supporting recycling and sustainability. The US is a big market area for handmade goods. If this law passes, it will effect also the rest of the world.
CPSIA May Eliminate Buying Used Kids Clothes at GreenDaily.com
Save handmade toys from CPSIA
CPSIA requirements at Fashion-Incubator
Help Save Handmade Toys from the CPSIA group at Facebook