‘Tis the season. The lights of Hanukkah will soon fade into the past and the lights of Christmas are on the horizon. Parents everywhere are thinking about gifts. It is one of the questions I am most asked: “How do I green celebrations?” The winter holidays are a test for most of us: wanting to please our children, wanting to have more money, wanting less stuff, wanting to please our relatives.
I feel sorry for kids like I was: ones whose parents dress them from the Salvation Army. Being hip on a resale budget won’t be possible for awhile, as resale retailers like the Salvation Army have responded to the CPSIA by pulling children’s clothes off the shelves that contain zippers, buttons, and the like.
Toys have become a nightmare for many parents: 80% of the toys in this country are made in China and the toy recalls have shown how very little oversight ever goes into toys imported into this country.
Small, green businesses that make children’s products are facing their doom. The Consumer Product Safety Imporvement Act will go into effect on February 10, 2009. This act provides an important service regulating lead and phthalates in children’s products. However, the law will unecessarily punish small, green businesses and put an end to many of the healthiest, safest chi
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