Saturday, January 10, 2009

Help Save Handmade Children's Products
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I a€™m writing to share some news and ask for your help to save handmade toys and small businesses like Miss Natalie. In August 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that will go into effect February 2009. As written, the new law requires all manufactures of ANY products for kids under 12 to have each product safety tested (costing between $2000-$5000 each!). These costs are bearable for large manufacturers, but for small artisans making handmade products (like Miss Natalie), these costs would wipe out our businesses completely. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses (crafters, bookstores, children'€™s stores) will be forced to close their doors.

Safety testing is an important concern that we all take seriously, but a "one size-fits-all" law is not the answer here. Small artisans present a safe alternative to mass-produced children's products, and we are now being punished for their grave mistakes. Please take a few minutes to help support our cause, and keep handmade products available for the next generation.

How to Get Involved:
  • Find your congress person and senators and write a letter like the sample here. Particularly if they serve on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection or the House Committee on Small Business.
  • Send an email directly to the CPSC or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923
  • Vote for amending the law on by 1/16/09: We are currently one of 90 finalists, and if it makes the top ten proposals, it will be presented to President Obama in January!
  • Sign the petition to amend the CSPIA law

For more information, check out the Handmade Toy Alliance. Thank you so much for reading this, and for your support! It means the world to me. Please forward this on to any contacts you have.

All the best,

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