Ok this is not something I normally use my blog for, but I am really confused about this new law (CPSIA) that affects the selling of products geared for children ages 12 and under. Before I posted it on here I checked it out on snopes.com and here is what that website had to say about it:
New Safety Rules for Children's Clothes Have Stores in a Fit
Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect in February 2009 could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunk loads of children's clothing.
The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead.
The new regulations take effect Feb. 10 under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which was passed by Congress last year in response to widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint.
When I first heard about this "law" I was very skeptical and thought it was joke. After a few phone calls and verifying it on snopes, I guess I have to come to the conclusion that it is true.
I have so many questions about this law (ok mom you can quit laughing at me)
What does this mean for us?
From what I can gather this law requires that products (including toys, clothing, books, educational materials, bicycles etc) must be tested for lead and be labeled as such.
I am very supportive of testing the toys that our children play with, but clothes??
I frequent thrift stores and consignment shops to buy my children's clothing. So how is this law going to affect them?
How are these type of stores that are usually small business suppose to remain in business and comply with these laws?
Is our government going to supply them with the resources to test every product?
What are the big department stores going to do with products already there that do not have this "seal of approval"?
Is there a grace period for the stores to become compliant with this law after it takes affect?
With these new regulations comes testing for these products. Who is going to cover the costs of this testing? Are the manufacturers going to increase the price of these products to cover these cost? Children's clothing is already ridiculously expensive. Is that a smart thing to do with our economy in the state that it is in?
Why are we not hearing about this law until a month before it is to take affect? Every time I turn on the tv I see the commercial for the "digital tv" and getting into compliance with that. Why has there not be any story on this law?
Ok bloggy friends I want to hear your opinions on this new law. It affects just about everyone of us. So let me know what you think.
In the article above it stated that any thing not meeting the new requirements must be deemed hazardous and discarded. Where do you discard these "hazardous" products? Are our landfills not already overgrown? Well I will step in line to take any discarded hazardous clothing.