I know a lot of you read the Sew Mama Sew blog but I thought I’d reiterate an article that they had on there recently and plead for you to take action with me. This is the third blog that I follow to bring this issue to my attention. The first was on Earth First and the second was Wallet Pop. Essentially it boils down to this: CPSIA will not allow handmade toys to be sold in the United States unless they can meet strict, expensive regulation that are more suited for large toy corporations to follow. This will put a lot of people out of business unless the law is changed to exclude handmade toys (I don’t even want to imagine the hit that the crafting etsy community will take – handmade dolls, softies and wooden cars and blocks . . . all gone). The Handmade Toy Alliance has a lot more information on their website. As a soon to be mom, I am hoping to stay far away from plastic toys that are made in China. . . Going with the ‘less is more’ approach, I think it is more valuable for a child to have fewer high quality toys (made of wood or fabric) than more cheaply made plastic toys.
Here’s how you can help: write to your United States congressman or congresswoman and your senator to request changes to the CPSIA that would protect handmade toys. You can use this sample letter, provided by the Handmade Toy Alliance. We’ve got to protect the local artisans who make a living off providing our kids with safe, natural alternatives to the plastic toys made in China.