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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2009-01-28 12:27
Subject: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or Why I'm Cranky
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Tags:cpsia, crafts, politics
My crafty brothers and sisters are up in arms about the the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. I'd read a bit about it and thought they were over-reacting. Today I read a bit more and now I'm aggravated too. Forbes has a trio of articles concerning the act and the ill effect it's going to have on resellers of used clothing and articles for children, various charities, and libraries (among others).

Once again I'm thinking there are just too many laws. Pretty soon it's going to be impossible to be a good citizen without violating some law or another.

(And yes, I've already written to my representatives. And I tried to phone them, but my @#$@! VOiP system refused to connect the call.)
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mbcrui
User: mbcrui
Date: 2009-01-29 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Off to call my yarn suppliers and the dye suppliers in the hopes that THEY'RE being tested... but I expect not.

It's that "Giving away for free" business that'll kill me. If I make a sweater for P and give it to him, I'm breaking the law. I wanted to start a Seniors knitting guild to make hats and blankets for the hospital. This'll kill that.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2009-01-29 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have hopes the act will be repealed before it goes into effect. As for calling your suppliers, to quote from the Craft: article
Kathleen Fasanella of Fashion Incubator in Las Cruces, New Mexico said that clothing makers are equally affected. "In the past if you made pajamas, you could buy fabric that the vendor certified as non-flammable," said Fasanella. "The vendor certificate was enough. With this law, you can't use a vendor certificate to verify that the materials you used are lead-free; you have to get your own certificate." She added that this law affects "people who make the nicest things, in small numbers." She described how a dress maker would have to make two dresses for each new design and send one off to be tested and destroyed in the process. "The law is not tenable," she said. "It stifles innovation."

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