The new consumer safety law that comes out on Feb 10 was in my radar range.. and certainly I signed the petition at Change.org.. but it wasn’t until I heard this and worse (from one of my online knitting circles) that I really got irked..
“No more making hats for newborns (or kids under the age of 13) without having the yarn certified as being less than 600 ppm for lead or phthalates.
New law takes effect on February 10th – Google CPSIA for more information. It’s got lots of bad ramifications.”
“You might want to let that group know that as of February 10th, their hats will be considered illegal, and will be thrown into the trash. New hats will have to be made from yarn that has undergone testing and is certified to be less than 600ppm in phthalates and lead – but you’ll have to send the label from the yarn along with the hat – and even then, I’m not sure that will be enough documentation to authorize the gifting of the hats.”
Yes.. people that have been charitable in the past no longer feel welcome to make items for newborns, and children in need! That SUCKS!!!
It used to be that I would need someone to stand behind me with a cattle prod to order cold cuts at the deli counter.. thankfully that’s changed..(thanks Brian!) So now when some thing irks me like this, I don’t shrink into the woodwork, I go looking for answers..
So I did..
I went to the two biggest places I could find. Warm Up America, and The Linus Project and asked just how this law was going to effect them.
Mary Balagna, the national VP of Linus Project replied:
We have been in contact with our state representative who has spoken to the CPSA on our behalf. The CPSA has assured us that Project Linus will not be affected by this legislation. We hope that you will continue to donate blankets to Project Linus.
Project Linus National VP
They have been actively in touch with their local representative and have had hopeful signs with yesterday’s ‘clarification’ of this law concerning resale shops.
While they are waiting official, or more specific word from the CPSC about them, they feel that this law applies to items that are being SOLD, not items that are gifted, which is what you are doing when you give a hat, or a scarf or a blanket that you have made to charitable organizations such as these. SO as long as you still stay within the guidelines of the organization you are donating items to you should be fine.
I urge you to stop panicking, and turn your energy to contacting the people below and making them VERY aware that this is a potential problem for charity crafters!
The CPSC is most likely totally unaware that the changes they are making are effecting this particular group.
They have put out a call for comments on their website.. so GO COMMENT!
Some things you can do:
- Write to your Congressional and Senate representative. Tell them how this law is effecting you!
- Go to the source. The CPSC has opened up for comments.. they probably don’t even know that these changes are effecting this particular group of people so GO COMMENT if you feel this law will effect your future charitable efforts!
I, who used to have to be prodded to go up to the deli counter, wrote two senators and a congressman yesterday.. and hey.. I will probably write to them AND my local state senate rep today!
I know that this effects more than just charity crafters.. we will continue this conversation tomorrow!