I missed this. I totally and utterly missed this.
From The Simple Dollar:
Wonderful plan, isn't it? Fill the landfills with things that are most likely more than safe to pass along to others. No more FreeCycle groups, no more resale shops, no more thrift shops, etc. Yes, I understand the troubles of lead-based paints and such, of the ills of those flame-retardant materials and so forth. But this is pretty poorly written in such that it eliminates everything, and then sends it to landfill instead.
For those of you who haven’t heard the news yet, on February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act comes into effect. One of the major changes that this program will bring into play is a mandate that everything sold for children 12 and younger will have to be tested for lead and phthalates, and anything that isn’t tested (or that fails) will be considered hazardous and cannot be sold. Read more about the CPSIA at the L.A. Times and some interesting blog commentary from the fashion industry.
For new products, this isn’t an issue at all and is in fact a good thing. Many products are already being screened with such tests, and those that are not will be required to begin such testing shortly or will be pulled from the market. In terms of safety for my children, I’m quite happy with the effects of this law on new products.
Where things get interesting is with used products. Consider your local resale and thrift shop. Currently, all of their secondhand children’s clothes will have to be tested for lead and phthalates. Given that many such stores aren’t high-income operations - many are nonprofits - these shops simply cannot afford to do the testing on the children’s clothes on their shelves.
From Hearty Works blog:
No more clothes. No more toys. Not at any second hand shoppe (unless they try to get around it like one lady commented in a post from Like Merchant Ships in which they put "For Adult Use Only" sign near the toys and get away with it LOL!)
Many etsy stores will have to find something else to sell or stop selling entirely. And many of our favorite cloth diaper making mommy sites will be closing their doors or limiting products.
And what about garage sales or craigslist? Who knows? It is too soon to tell (or understand the new law as it is written).
WHAT am I talking about?
No More Thrift Store Kid Stuff
Shopping For Used Children's CLothes Could Get a Lot Harder
I REALLY liked what Meredith wrote. It is a VERY Proverbs 31 approach to the whole crisis.
Now this thought process I really like. Back to a true sense of community like we used to have in this country. I don't really see it happening on a large scale, but in smaller communities, this is already happening,so maybe it could spread out some. We can always hope.
I loved one commenter on a blog noting this -- used clothing is nasty and should be destroyed. Why aren't we buying clean things, made in America instead. LOL...do we even have "American made" clothing anymore? And for crying out loud, are folks actually buying things at thrift shops and yard sales and wearing them right then and there? Now that is rather nasty. I have a washing machine, I know how to clean clothing...I'm hardly tossing dirty used ites at my children, covered in smoke, dirt and animal hair.
Here's the blurb from ThunderWolf Ranch:
Do You Buy or Sell Pre-owned Clothes and Toys for your kids???? As of FEB. 10 2009 you will not be able to ANYMORE!
In August of 2008, important legislation passed that was intended to protect children from harmful lead in toys, equipment and clothing. Although the intention is good, the bill that was passed is poorly written. Thus, it will prohibit the resale of ANY used clothing, toys, equipment for children unless you can PROVE it is lead free. This means that stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Kid to Kid, Once Upon a Child, any thrift store, all children's consignment sales, Ebay sales, Craigslist and GARAGE SALES are prohibited from selling children's clothing, toys or equipment after FEB. 10, 2009 unless they have had the item tested for lead and can provide verification that it is lead free.
Here is the link to contact your Congressman, even some text you can use if you are not up to formulating a letter yourself. At the very least, urge them to re-write this legislation into something more consumer-friendly!
At the bottom of her article, The Smart Mama explains the legislation so we can understand it a bit better.