Last year there was much concern among small home businesses about the restrictions the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was going to impose. Evidently Congress passed this bill without reading it and following through to the implications this would have on small businesses across the country. But small business owners spoke up. Because they received so many compaints, Congress issued a 1 year postponement while they worked through some of the issues.
This law required any item sold for children or which children could use to be tested for lead and phylates. This included all the items I make and sell, so my very small part of the economic industry in our country was in danger. I would have had to close up shop if something was not done.
During this year Congress has… been working through some of the restrictions in this bill. I am happy to report that as of right now all of the supplies used to create the items I sell are exempt from testing.
This is from the update issued by CPSIA:
These materials or components can be used (separately or in combination) and sold (provided they have not been treated or altered
or undergone any processing that could result in the addition of lead):
Other natural materials including coral, amber, feathers, fur, and untreated leather
Yarn, dyed or undyed
Dyed or undyed textiles (cotton, wool, hemp, nylon, etc.), including children’s fabric products, such as baby blankets, and non-metallic thread and trim. This does not include products that have rhinestones or other ornaments that may contain lead or that have fasteners with possible lead content (such as buttons, metal snaps, zippers or grommets).
Children’s books printed after 1985 that are conventionally printed and intended to be read, as opposed to used for play
Certain educational materials, such as chemistry sets
Precious gemstones: diamond, ruby, sapphire or emeralds
Semiprecious stones provided that the mineral or material is not based on lead and is not associated with any mineral based on lead
Natural or cultured pearls
Gold, of at least 10 karats
Silver, at least 925/1000 pure
Platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, and ruthenium
Since the items I use are included in this exemption Patti’s Originals will be able to continue with business as usual. It isn’t often we get to thank our government officials for correcting a mistake but I do thank them today!