Liz and Kristen of Cool Mom Picks are spreading the word about the soon-to-go-into-effect Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, and the disastrous effect it will have on small toymakers, artisans and crafters:
With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle–even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single chemical in them still don’t have a single chemical in them.
Take five minutes and act now — it only takes a moment to write a letter or to find out more. Cool Mom Picks has created a Save Handmade resource page that has all the info you need, including a link to a sample letter to send to your representative.
Also, grab the Save Handmade badge and place it on your site linking back to /www.coolmompicks/savehandmade. Let everyone know!