Keep handmade toys alive
December 15, 2008 § Leave a comment
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, in their December email, urged us to write to our government officials to better detail the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Here’s what they said in their email:
In August, in response to the influx of imported toys containing materials hazardous to children, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which mandates testing for all toys sold in the U.S. The intent was laudable, but only large scale manufacturers and retailers will be able to afford the substantial testing fees, which effectively closes the market to all but those able to mass produce toys. As a result, small independent toymakers – the same toymakers that almost never market their products directly to children – may have to go out of business. To urge Congress to protect both children and your favorite independent toymaker, please visit http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/.
Check out their website here. They also just put out a Commercial-free holiday guide, which you can find in pdf format here. They suggest that if you do buy toys, make them high quality instead of quantity. Mass toy marketers want us to buy quantity whereas most small toy makers appreciate the craft of making a toy that will outlast batteries and plastic parts.
While I’m an idealist, I do have plastic toys at home. We do try one of the other suggestions in the holiday guide which is to “buy green, buy fair (trade), buy local, buy used, and most importantly, buy less.” Check it out.