As you may imagine, behind the scenes I continue to put in 18 hour days working on CPSIA. There’s so much information to process on a daily basis, small tidbits really, that I’m not posting these updates here. These are posted to the CPSIA forum. Probably the tool that the ad hoc coalition of affected industries are using most is Twitter. You can follow me for the latest and also by using the hash tag #cpsia.
Collectively, we’re fielding many telephone calls and emails from TV, radio and newspaper reporters who are interested in interviewing children’s wear designers and retailers in given areas of the country. I’ve started posting these here in the forum and also on Twitter. The latest request came in from Los Angeles and with as many designers as I have there, not many I know of are doing kid’s clothes. Very surprising that, so sing out if you’re in the neighborhood. A round up entry of all CPSIA related articles on Fashion-Incubator is here which includes strategies for activism. Your support is direly needed.
Recent CPSIA updates:
A proposal to exempt certain natural materials from lead testing. (pdf) This isn’t likely to provide the sort of relief we’d like. If your 100% cotton, silk etc garments are dyed, printed or processed in any way, they won’t be exempt. Sorry to disappoint you, any claims to the contrary are false.
The CPSC issued a press release today entitled CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February. Again unfortunately, this is not likely to provide much relief for many of you. Some experts and attorneys say the press release is little more than a restatement of the law than an exemption. Essentially, retailers of used items are liable for substantive fines ($100,000) and prison if they sell items that exceed stipulated lead levels but they don’t have to test them… In sum, the situation remains murky.
The situation regarding distribution of children’s products to the needy by charities (such as Project Linus) is likewise unresolved. It is rumored the CPSC was going to issue an exemption but we’re still waiting. Does it go without saying that there’s no news with regards to children’s manufacturers in general? Believe me, if it changes, you’ll be the first to know.