I will be writing more on this subject as I find out more, but for now, please do me the big favor of clicking on the widget on my sidebar and voting. This is intended to get Obama's attention on the issue of the CPSIA's upcoming deadline (Feb. 10) for which all items sold to children under 12 will face required testing of lead and phthalates. If items do not meet the requirements, they will be deemed BANNED, hazardous substances. The big issue is that the testing is very costly. I sell my hair clips at a low price and only really make pennies when it's all said and done. If I were to get this testing done, there would be no point and I would just shut the business down. Of course, if I don't get the testing done, and keep selling my products, I'm sure I will face consequences as well. Now, in the grand scheme of things, my business is not all that important and since I don't derive any great income from it, it will not "hurt" me to shut it down (though, I do really love doing it as a hobby!!). But, the legislation will be devastating for many, many small businesses in America. Those businesses have become people's livelihood, especially in hard economic times when there are no jobs to be found.
I really can't beg you enough to try to do something about this before it's too late! It has already been passed, but if there is enough public outcry, we may be able to persuade them to add exemptions for those who sell products that are made from materials that meet the requirements (I mean, I'm not buying contraband ribbon and lead-infested buttons, here people!!).
More is coming, but until then, please do your research (the CPSC website is a good place to start). You can also contact your senators & representatives using this handy device HERE.
**Here are a few more links:
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/ (you have to dig around here, but the forums are very informative!)