As a small business, I would like to give you a quick run-down of what “safety compliance” means in the USA.
Under the regulations of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) & CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), nearly all children’s products must be tested for various elements to ensure the safety of our children. The elements of importance include: lead, flammability, and phthalates (including BPA).
The most important of these for children’s apparel (including cloth diapers) is lead and flammability. Most textiles (fabrics) in the USA are already tested for lead. Textiles are generally not tested for flammability as the requirements are not based on the textile, but the finished product. Each piece of fabric, depending on its final use, is required to have these certifications.
So what does this mean for purchasing clothing and toys for children?
Small business artists are taking care to respect your family and keep each member as safe as they possibly can. This includes registering their businesses in the federal databases and purchasing materials that are compliant under the CPSC/CPSIA regulations.
How do I know who is compliant and who is not?
Small business artists are banding together to show you that they truly care. As such, you should be able to locate a statement on their websites. Such statements as “Meets CPSC Safety Requirements” will let you know that their products have been tested by themselves, they are registered as a small batch manufacturer and have received a statement from their suppliers that the components have been tested and are safe for use in their products.
As well, you can easily spot an artisan that is likely to be compliant by their use of labeling. Under the CPSC and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), various products are required to have certain information permanently attached to the finished product before it is sent out to you, the consumer.
Each label should enable you to find the following information:
*Who the manufacturer is (usually this is a business logo)
*How to contact the manufacturer (usually a website)
*Where the manufacturer creates the product (City & State)
*When the product was finished
*How to care for the product
*A unique mark or number so you are able to follow recall instructions should the occasion arise.
Now for the links:
Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is the hope of small business artists that they can encourage you to purchase items that are made ethically and with safety compliance in mind, so they can continue to keep your family as safe as possible allowing you to shop with peace of mind.