Last year, the federal government approved a new law that would require stricter testing for kid’s products, but some business owners are worried a new child product safety law could put them out of business.
Elena Cazeault helps runs Whale of a Sale, a semi-annual children’s consignment event. This year she decided to move up the date of one of the sales, to be sure it would comply with lead testing standards for children’s products.
“We would never ever want to harm children we always check the CPS website to see if things are safe. If things have been recalled we would never sell something that we know has been recalled,” Cazeault said.
Cazeault is worried a new law requiring lead testing for all children’s products made here and abroad will put her out of business. And she’s not alone.
Catherine Sawyer makes kids products. “I think you buy something at a place like this, you realize it’s handmade, you realize that you’re going to look at it and make sure it’s right for your child.”
The law was scheduled to take effect February tenth, but won’t be enforced until next year in an effort to give manufacturers more time to comply. When it does take effect, manufacturers will have to have their products tested by an approved third party.
June Dickinson has her own children’s clothing line called Boojou, that’s already in compliance with the new law. “We’re buying from the same people over and over again, so we have a working relationship instead of just buying odds and ends from craft stores here and there.”
For people that sell handmade children’s products, this law mean’s they’re going to have to make sure each part of the item is tested for lead contamination. Luckily one of the vendors at Whale of a Sale told me some companies that make items like buttons and zippers are already testing.