On Friday February 27, 2009 I attended a seminar held for those of us in the garment decorating industry. This seminar provided up to date information regarding and interpreting the Consumer Safety Protection Information Act.
Until now American Canvas has halted the printing of all items intended for children 12 and under. The seminar covered the following section of the act concerning the use of phthalates in inks and other components of children's items:
The term "childcare article" means a consumer product designed or intended by the manufacturer to facilitate sleep or feeding of children 3 or under or to help children with sucking or teething.
So from here on out American Canvas will return to printing and embroidering on all children's items with the exclusion of only the following items:
*Childrens sleep wear
*Children's one piece garments (to date we have not found a snap on these garments that meets the new federal regulations on lead ppm.)
Thank you all so much for bearing with us while we considered how to continue doing business with in the laws of our federal government.
Those of you familiar with American Canvas's work the past 3 years know we have researched and tested many inks that are phthalate free, phthalate compliant, and to date are in the process of narrowing down our decision of which we will choose to transition our studio into for full time use. We have been working with numerous options because we started our company based on our own environmental activism and workers rights activism. However our industry has not had the exact options that we were looking for but fortunately over the past 1 1/2- 2 years our industry is catching up with our concerns! We will be SO happy when we can announce that 100% of our inks meet our standards but for now we are delighted that so many companies are getting on board to provide us the best technology can provide to date!
Bring 'em on children's designers, we're back in the business of printing our fab organic and sweatshop free kids clothing for you!