If you’ve been following the CPSIA as closely as I have been, then you’ll be super pleased to know that the CPSC proposed an exemption for certain natural materials from the lead testing requirements. According to a transcript excerpted at Upturned Earth:
Staff toxicologists at the product safety commission told agency commissioners in the memo that some unfinished natural materials should be considered lead free. The materials include wood and fibers such as cotton, silk, wool, hemp, flax and linen.
Of course, these exemptions must still be voted upon for them to go into effect prior to the February 10, 2009 deadline, so your voice in support of these exemptions is still needed. You can find more information about the CPSIA via the Cool Mom Picks Save Handmade resource page.
Additionally, bloggers have started a Save Handmade meme in response to the low numbers of votes and petition signatures on the CPSIA protest sites. Please participate in any way you can and show your support of the exemptions!
[This post was written by Kristen Chase.]