The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Add this to long things of things that prove the adage: a new law taking effect February 10th requires all children's clothing and toys to be tested for lead and phthalates. Any product not tested by that day will be considered hazardious waste, regardless whether they contain lead.
Because testing costs thousands of dollars, many small manufacturers and even stores will be forced to close:
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.
Moral of the story? Buy your kids clothes before February 10th - you may not be able to find 'em in many stores and probably won't find them in second-hand stores, either: Link | Find out more at the Handmade Toy Alliance