Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This is really disturbing!
Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing.

The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead.
"They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.
The CPSC has preliminarily approved changes that exempt 100% cotton and wood goods, but the current wording/impact of this bill still borders on the ridiculous. Think "no more Once Upon A Child" and "no more buying kids' clothes and toys at Goodwill" as of February 10.
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