Video Testimony

Have you seen Rick Woldenberg’s speech at the CPSC conference on November 6? More interesting than you’d imagine, he brings up additional points regarding subassemblies in kitting, how commodities -sans lot numbers- are proposed to be tested and a whole lot more. While a larger enterprise, he cogently makes the case for even the smallest of producers stating that these regulations will eliminate specialty products sold to the blind and deaf among others. One thing I hadn’t considered; science kits for use in schools will cease to be saleable as currently known, many components of which the sources cannot be traced (consider a commodity like aluminum foil or the common paper clip) can’t be included within them. Considering the current state of science education in the U.S., this cannot be good news.

By the way, Rick Woldenberg is the person credited to have originated the phrase “National Bankruptcy Day” in relation to February 10, 2009.

You can also watch proceedings from the CPSC Public Meeting on Lead from Thursday, November 6, 2008
Videos from the meeting:

Published by

Kathleen Fasanella

Kathleen started production patternmaking in 1981. Starting in 1993, she began providing consulting and engineering services to manufacturers, small companies, and startups with an emphasis on developing owner-operator domestic cut-and-sew operations. In 2015 she opened a 5,000 sqft. fully equipped sewing factory: The Sewing Factory School. Kathleen is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing, the most highly rated book of any topic in the garment industry. She's been mentioned numerous times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Public Radio, Boston Globe, LA Times, Vogue, French Vogue and has at least 15 Project Runway alums at last count. Kathleen writes nearly all of the articles on and hosts its forum, the largest private online community for apparel manufacturers on the web.

3 thoughts on “Video Testimony”

  1. Was there any foresight put into this act?

    (1) what about people who are down on their luck..especially with this recession..who depend on thrift shops and boutiques to purchase clothes for their children.

    (2) With an already faltering economy the closure of thrift shops and boutiques because of this stupid act will only make things worse.

    (3) what about the environmental aspect as people and business are dumping millions of childrens items because they can’t get rid of them?

    (4) what about the impact to our pocketbooks as retail stores raise the prices to cover the costs of certification AND because they know we have no other choices?

    I am outraged at this act. I want a safer world for my child but this is not the way to do it. This is NOT a common sense approach to the problem.

Comments are closed.