I stumbled upon this issue while reading Mom 101. It seems that the CPSC has passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which basically means that any and all toys that are handmade will be illegal.
Yes, you read that right. Homemade Toys = Illegal.
So if you run an etsy shop with toys, make toys out of wood at home, anything of this sort, you apparently will be a criminal.
It means that hardworking Moms and Dads who put all their available time and energy (and love) into homemade toys, will be put out of business if we don't do something about this.
What can you do, you ask.
Here are some suggestions:
- Write a letter to your congress person and senators and write a letter to tell them how unhappy you are with the CPSC's decision. If you need a sample letter, you can find it here.
- You can send a letter directly to the CPSC
- Join the Handmade Toy Alliance and check out their proposed changes to the act which make a whole lot of sense.
-Spread the word to everyone you know who cares about keeping homemade toys an option.