Saturday, January 24, 2009

Trying to Understand CPSIA

I understand the intent of this new law and why it is necessary to have laws to proctect our children. I love our children and want them protected. What I do not understand is how a group of seemingly intelligent people, men and women alike , could write and pass a law that is so broad and vague as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, without realizing the far reaching impact it would have on everyone's lives.

I have crocheted for years. I love to make baby items, among other things!! I sell, donate to charities, or give as gifts what I crochet. I can't wait to make baby gifts for all of my girls babies.

I have always trusted the yarn manufacturers that the yarn I buy is safe to use. The government has guidelines, right? Now, a law is passed that says because I make baby items, they have to be tested for lead and other things, this testing documented, or I will be fined. Where did these manufacturing guidelines go?
Why, if I am using a yarn manufactured or approved for sale, in the United States, does my baby blanket have to be tested for lead and other bad things?

If this law is not repealed, it will cause the extiction of handmade items.

I know a few exemptions have been made public, But, it would be best if this law is repealed and a whole new law is made. If a list of exemptions were made, it would always be being added to as new products became available.

This law came from good intentions, but whoever wrote it, did not think of the magnitude of people and businesses this would affect. The far reaching effects of this law could hurt our nations' economy.

Taking into consideration, the affect on the country, I personally am affected. besides having to stop crocheting for babies and children, I know people who crochet, knit, sew, or make items for children 12 and under. I cried today, when I read that an "angel" friend was going to close her online toy shop because, if fined for making beautiful sewn toys, it would hurt not just her but her family.

Crocheting, knitting sewing, and woodworking are a form of art. They are a culture all of their own. Mothers teach daughters and fathers teach sons the hand crafts. Handmade items have always sybolized as coming from the heart. If this law is not repealed, these art forms will be lost. Unique gifts made from hours of labor, usually labors of love, will become extinct.

To some this is not a big deal, but to those of us who create, either by crocheting, knitting, sewing, or woodworking, this is a huge deal!! Crocheting is what I love to do. I do not have to crochet baby items and give them away or sell them, but this is what I choose to do. I love the look in an expectant mother's eyes when she opens her baby gift of a crocheted blanket or towel set. It is a unique gift and she knows that she and her baby are loved.

The making of handmade crafts have been handed down from generation to generation. I crochet because my mom did, as she crocheted because her mom did. I have items that my grandma crocheted put back for my kids so that they will have a piece of their great grandma when they settle and have a home of their own.

Tonight, I gave a present to my "granddaughter" that was made by another "angel", a beautiful handmade sewn bib. I cannot sew. I had to purchase this bib. If this law is not repealed, I cannot buy my little one anymore handmade gifts. She is only three months old. The thought of only being able to give her "store bought" gifts is unfathomable.

Handmade is love. It is a simple as that. HANDMADE = LOVE

Please help to repeal this terrible law.


BeadedTail said...

Very well said Mama! I hope the law is amended or repealed so that loving handcrafters such as yourself aren't forced to give up what you love to do and what others love to receive.

Ozarknana said...

Very heartfelt Mama, why others expound on the law itself and it's consequences you have touched on the "heartbreak" of this law. Very well put and thank you, you should put your "halo" on a bit straighter after writing this!

Plain Jane said...

Wonderful post, Mama! I knit & crochet for charity. Our group at the Sr. Center sent over an 18 gallon tote of children & baby items to local charities just before Xmas. This law doesn't make any sense - isn't yarn tested as it's imported and if not, why not? It would make sense that such testing be done and any yarn, fabric & other craft supplies sold in this country be declared safe before it hits the stores.

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Wonderful post and soo true... I sew because I love it.. it is not necessary for me to do so! I sell my items because people want them..I can not imagine not being able to make and give my beautiful quilts to family and friends! I agree "Handmade is Love". I have people come to my home looking for my baby bib can that be wrong? This law is so wrong... I agree we need to protect our children but I thought that is what was done with these materials were made!

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Wonderful post Mama! Very well put.

arobert831 said...

I'm so proud of you, Mom, for getting the word out! Good for you, and wonderfully written :) Love you and your blog!

myminimocs said...

mama - i feel every word you so beautifully wrote! thank you for posting this heartfelt plea for the repeal of these new amendments to the CPSIA. i have not spoken much about this law. i did bring it up well over a month ago in the thread but as Feb 10th gets closer i too am brought to tears when i think of the impact it will have on SO many and the very people this law is supposed to protect *our children* will be the ones that in the end are truly hurt!
thank you for sharing your heart!!!

CBLandCO. Jewelry And Gifts said...

Great post Mama!
I cannot believe that a law like this would even be considered!
I can't imagine not being able to buy handmade items for children! Of course we want children to be safe but we are expected to then support the companies, big box stores, that are having the problems in the first place, I think not.
I am so hoping that everyone's voices will be heard on this matter and that the law is scraped and they start over.

Winklepots said...

Excellent post Jody. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this poorly written law. It affects us all. Here's hoping it's amended soon to minimize the damage being done.
Thank you for such a heartfelt post.

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