Remember all those toys from China that turned out to be chock full of lead pant or other toxic substances? Well, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) didn’t really have the authority to do anything about it, so Congress quickly passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) last August. Well, I am sure you will be shocked (shocked, I say!) that Congress maybe acted fast without really thinking something through, but they forgot that toys made in the US, Canada and Europe already adhere to rigorous standards and haven’t had the problems that toys from other countries have had (Yes, China, I am talking about you). They decided that toy companies have to send all their products to expensive testing sites to check for poison. But they forgot about all the millions of hand made toys that haven’t been near a drop of lead paint in their lives. These makers of hand made toys, often made of organic materials, would no longer be allowed to be sold unless they were tested for toxins, and the price of the testing is way too much for any small crafter to afford. $1000 here or there is not much for Hasbro, but for people who make things like these Acorn Girl Waldorf Handmade Dolls, well it would put them out of business.
Handmade toys are so great for kids,they are made out of real materials. I don’t care how non-toxic your plastic toy is, it is never going to be as healthy as something made of cotton or wool or wood. So what I am saying saying is basically Save Acorn Girl, Save the World. Go to Change.org or Handmade Toy Alliance or Etsy.com to learn how to help.