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January 15, 2008
Interview with Indie Rachele Dressler-Sweetser, Monkey Baby Clothes
Four years ago, Rachele Dressler-Sweetser was a single mom with a special needs child. Unable to work at a traditional job, Rachele launched Monkey Baby Clothes, where she makes and sells children's clothing and accessories. Business growth has been great, and Rachele says she produces a safe product that other moms love. Rachele has enjoyed the freedom and flexibility she needs to care for her son as she also grows a business that supports her family.
Everything was fine, then on August 14, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), was signed into law. The new Act requires companies that make certain products for children under the age of 12 to spend thousands of dollars to test and certify that their products do not contain unsafe levels of lead and other toxic chemicals. Rachele says the testing would put her and thousands like her out of business, and would decimate the businesses of the retailers across the nation who like to carry Indie and handmade products. I caught up with Rachele to get the scoop on a new class action lawsuit she plans to file this month and what you can do to join the effort.
For more information on Rachele, visit Monkey Baby Clothes. Follow Rachele on Twitter on at @monkeybabyclths to stay abreast of her latest activities.
To show your support for Rachele and thousands of others who are joining forces to reform the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, click here. The law is scheduled to become effective in early February so time is of the essence. Save handmade now!
Question: How is the CPSIA affecting you? Are you going to join Rachele? Tell us about your business and what you're doing to save handmade!