Today, I am featuring Skipping Hippos, which is owned and run by entrepreneur mom Jolie Fay, who was inspired to start her business when stranger after stranger stopped her in the streets, inquiring about the poncho she had made for her daughter. Jolie Fay uses the best quality and comfortable fabric to create her adorable ponchos and jackets. Jolie and many of her fellow small business are being affected by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. 
The CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.  All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels. 
For small toymakers and manufacturers of children's products, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.” 
Please show your support these truly unique small businesses and keep USA and handmade products thriving in our country. You can help by visiting the Handmade Toy Alliance website.
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