Every time someone asks me, either online or offline, about the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) I think to myself “I got the Motts” and start citing all of the great people who are covering the topic in an effort to get this law changed.
Why, you may be asking yourself, do I channel a 1980’s commercial when thinking about the issue that has become the bane of my existence? It’s not because I’m cataloging all of the toys in the commercial that would be banned b/c of CPSIA but instead because I feel that I have the goods that people need.
I have been fascinated to watch as different voices emerge in this plight. How people’s passions are serving to inform and educate about CPSIA as well as rail against it.
The following people are those who will never fail you in providing CPSIA-related information. I have categorized them by their main focus.
CPSIA & Clothing Manufacturers
Kathleen Fasanella (@kfasanella) provides valuable insights on her site Fashion Incubator and on Twitter. She understands the intricacies of the law as it relates to products and product manufacturing as well as providing feedback on sound business practices in the face of this law. She will always tell it like it is, even in the face of a nasty-gram from a Illinois Representative.
CPSIA & the Law
Jennifer Taggart (aka @thesmartmama) is an environmental attorney specializing in consumer product but we know her best as an XRF gun-toting woman on a mission. She not only tests products to provide companies with their GCCs but ensures that we keep the facts straight regarding CPSIA on Twitter and on her blog.
Walter Olson (@walterolson) writes about CPSIA on his blog Overlawyered often using the lens of the legal system. He diligently chronicles the effects of CPSIA on a variety of industries and provides extremely thorough round-up posts about news from around the web. His writing style provides an easy read on a difficult topic and you’ll always walk away much more informed than when you arrived.
CPSIA & Libraries/Books
Deputy Headmistress (@DHMrs) is passionate about books and blogs about specific aspects of CPSIA as well as how the law impacts books. Her posts are factual and thorough. Have a pad handy to take notes while you’re reading because she takes the time to get to the hard-to-find information that you’ll want for future reference.
Esther (@melanes) is a part-time librarian who speaks about CPSIA from first-hand experience. Her blog Design Loft includes posts that are library-specific and provides real world examples of CPSIA and a small, local library. She is also an advocate in her community and, should you need it, can share her experiences to help you in your endeavors.
CPSIA & the Numbers
Wacky Hermit (@curiouswork) is a booty-making mathematician whose blog challenges the efficacy of the CPSIA through a detailed look at the numbers that should have been used to verify its approach in the first place. If you’re looking for the facts with a heavy dose of sass, then you’ve found the right person.
CPSIA, Small Businesses, & Community
Rick Woldenberg (@rwoldenberg) is the Chairman of Learning Resources, Inc. and has actively been lobbying to change the law. He has been invited three times to speak in front of Congress but has yet to make the trip. His CPSIA blog is a mixture of updates and insightful commentary. While Learning Resources may be larger than the majority of our companies, he makes no distinction: we’re in this fight together and he wants everyone to benefit from his actions.
Mark Riffey (@MarkRiffey) advocates for CPSIA reform while also providing strategic advice to small businesses in this difficult time. Where Walter Olson often looks at CPSIA with a legal eye, Mark Riffey’s blog takes it on from a business angle.
Olivia created a whole new Twitter ID (@CPSIACheer) and blog in order to encourage and educate people about this law and how we can fight it together. The chronicle of her experiences is sound advice (templates and other such wonderful stuff) coupled with ongoing optimism.
Marianne is the owner of Polkadot Patch Boutique (@polkadotpatch) and brings her online retailer insights into the mix by talking about how CPSIA is affecting small retailers dependent on the unique products that are mostly made by the small companies threatened by CPSIA. Her blog provides information about how businesses need to be proactive in the face of this law while also reminding us how this affect each of us personally.
Tristan (@CitizenTweet) advocates for CPSIA on her blog by writing speeches that should have been the very words of our politicians. She is passionate about keeping our children safe and creating a world that can sustain generations to come. If you are looking for a post that will remind you the importance of this cause, her blog will inspire you on those days where it all seems too much.