Monday, August 10, 2009
August 10th, the CPSIA and my line of screen printed baby articles
The CPSC released a new document detailing more specific exemptions from CPSIA. The list of exemptions covers MOST of my baby articles in my shop but some are NOT exempt, like my screen printed onesies and toddler tees. Now I want to vent a little. I don't mass produce and work on small run. Lead and phthalates testing are required for every batch, big or small, because a lot garment inks on the market contain lead and phthalates and because unscrupulous or ignorant people/big and greedy companies bought and used them. I can't afford paying for testing each time I screen print a baby article. I know what inks I've always been working with: (Permaset water based inks that do not contain PVC or phthalates, or any toxic chemicals, formulated free from Lead and other heavy metals, that passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard with 60% to spare, and are safe to use on baby clothes under 2 years, underwear and swimwear) and I know how I work (water waste minimized, no solvents needed to clean my screens).
So please people in charge of the CSPIA report, listen to the small eco conscious people (and their customers) and let them continue doing a (good) job.