That makes me sad. We are just pricing ourselves right out of business. I ate all kinds of things that now have warnings...I played with many many toys that probably had lead paint. I am sad we are so paranoid that home-town seamstresses and cooks are hurt. I know we are "safer" but not really happier or even necessarily healthier.
http://www.StatesmanJournal.com Timothy J. Gonzalez | Statesman Journal Julie Martin Kramer works Wednesday in the sewing studio in her northeast Salem home. A federal law set to take effect in February would subject all items marketed to children younger than 12 to be tested for thalide and lead. Martin, who makes clothes for children, says paying for such testing would put her out of business Online extra See this story at StatesmanJournal.com for links to more information about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and the Handmade Toy Alliance, which was formed in response to the law. Links www.handmadetoyalliance.org www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML Crafters worry about law STEFANIE KNOWLTON Statesman Journal December 25, 2008 Salem resident Julie Martin stitches together bright stripes, prints and solid fabrics for her clothing line ZoZoBugBaby sold at Salem Saturday Market and online. Come February, she fears, the whimsical skirts, smocks and flannel lounge sets will be illegal. That's when a national children's product-safety law takes effect that bans phthalates and all but eliminates lead from children's products. It's not that Martin's clothes contain lead or phthalates, a softener for plastics. But the law requires all manufacturers — from toy giants such as Mattel to stay-at-home moms — to test and certify their children's products even if they are toxin-free. Each test can cost hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars per item. Some argue that the legislation will mean the end of handmade children's products sold at local markets, specialty boutiques and online storefronts such as Etsy.com. "They're kicking our feet out from under us," said Colleen Walker, coordinator for Salem Saturday Market. About 10 percent of the market's vendors sell kids' products, from wooden cars to doll dresses. Almost every town across the nation has a market like it, she said. "It sounds like they just weren't thinking," she said. Salem resident Jory Xavier buys most of her girls' stuff from local crafters as a way to support the local economy and to feel secure about what she's buying. "I feel more confident about the safety of those products because I'm either buying from the person who made it or buying from someone who knows the person." She worries the new law will take that security away, she said. But she does feel safer about buying from big retailers now. It's a false sense of security, said Tony Fuentes, owner of Milagros children's boutique in Portland. The country had lead paint standards in place before the new law, he said, but some companies still produced toys that exceeded them. He thinks the trend will continue with the new law. The only difference is that the law will put 1 / 2
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