Monday, December 15, 2008

save handmade!


many of you have heard about the consumer products safety improvement act that threatens the lively hood of small toy makers and independent artisans and crafters who make children's products, such as myself. it is possible this act will go into effect just two months from now making it financially impossible for many tiny home based businesses to continue to operate. it is absolutely heartbreaking to think that this could have such a devastating outcome for those who love and support handmade items for their families.

what can you do?
:: find your congress person and senators and write a letter like the sample here, particularly if they serve on the consumer protection subcommittee.

:: 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.
:: visit change.org and vote to save handmade toys from the CPSI~ with enough votes it will be presented to president Obama in january!

:: are you on facebook? there is a group there too.

:: spread the word to everyone you know who cares about helping the little guy, particular in today's economy.

it is my hope that the CPSC isn't out to get the "little guy". maybe we will be heard and all will be right in the world of handmade. please show your support!
yours in hope,
erika

4 comments:

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Seriously?! Time to make my way through those links.

YayaOrchid said...

Excellent and timely reminder to act! Thank you!

Michelle said...

Isn't it just horrible? I've already sent letters to my congressmen and the CPSC. I'll check out the other links, too!

Pixie Starlet said...

Thanks for the links Erika! I hope you don't mind -- I shared your blog with just about everyone I know in hopes they'll show their support. :)