Almost All The Truth is participating this week in the Handmade Toy Alliance Blog Week to help put the spotlight on the many, many wonderful businesses that are negatively impacted by the CPSIA. We all want and demand safe products for our children, but the CPSIA has so many flaws that it is hurting small, local businesses and helping the giant companies that were the source of most of the problems to begin with.
I chose to showcase two Portland businesses that I absolutely love… here is one:
Milagros Boutique is a fabulous, local boutique owned by an equally wonderful family. You know what you are buying when you shop at Milagros. They have high standards for quality, fair trade and eco-friendly standards, and have sought out an extensive collection of items made locally. They epitomize what it means to shop local.
After I had my third baby and agonized and agonized over which baby carrier to get for her, since she didn’t enjoy any of the ones I tried, I headed straight to Milagros. They are the babywearing (and cloth diapering) experts. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Milagros even has a Babywearing 101 class, for free!
Milagros also hosts an assortment of community events and classes, many of which are free! From music events to breastfeeding classes to Shadow Puppet Theatre to cloth diapering and more. This is the place to have fun, educate yourself, and connect to your local community.
While their shop in Northeast Portland is well worth a visit, Milagros does have an online shop as well.
Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, $12.75
Green Toys Recycling Truck, $24.95
Maple Man, $20.
Milagros prides itself on its community involvement through direct support of local events, non-profits, and schools and – perhaps more uniquely – their open engagement with local and national politics.
One way Milagros does this is through its membership with the Handmade Toy Alliance. The HTA is a non-profit organization made up of toy stores, toy makers and children’s product manufacturers from across the country who want to preserve unique handmade and small batch toys, clothes, and all manner of children’s goods in the USA.
In 2008, Congress passed the CPSIA to regulate the children’s product industry, but the over reaching law has unintended consequence requiring all children’s products to be tested at a third party testing lab. This is cost prohibitive to most small businesses and causing many to close their doors. The HTA is urging Congress to amend the CPSIA in a way that keeps safe products in the market place and maintains safety standards that protect our children. Do your part by going to www.handmadetoyalliance.com and contacting your member congress.