What You Need to Know Before Decorating Children’s Garments:

CPSIA Certification

It’s common knowledge that infants and children shouldn’t play with matches, scissors, or strangers. But what about phthalates? Say what? Pronounced th-al-ates, this chemical is used to soften plastic, but several have been banned through the CPSIA Act of 2008 after it was discovered certain phthalates were linked to developmental issues in young children. CPSIA (The Consumer and Product Safety Improvement Act) also put in place more stringent laws on lead content.

It’s vitally important that infant and children’s garments are made with pthalate and lead free materials to not only comply with the law, of course, but also for the safety of your child’s development. Parents Magazine warns parents about the risks of phthalates and lead in their article, Top 10 Chemicals to Avoid.

Fear not, if you’re using a heat transfer vinyl that bears the EasyWeed® name! EasyWeedEasyWeed Extra, EasyWeed Electric, EasyWeed Stretch, EasyWeed Adhesive, EasyWeed Glow, and  EasyWeed Sub Block are all lead and pthalate free making them CPSIA certified.

Almost all Siser® heat transfer vinyls are CPSIA certified.  To see if your HTV is certified, go to the product page and look for the symbol pictured above.

Keeping your kids safe, stylish, and chemical free is easy with EasyWeed and other Siser heat transfer materials!

By |2019-01-07T09:17:43-04:00June 1st, 2016|Informational|9 Comments

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Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. Well versed in Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily embraces the methods and materials to deliver creative content week after week!


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  2. Rebecca Pena August 25, 2018 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Hi so are you saying that your heat transfer vinyl is not made of polyvinyl chloride?
    If not then what is it made of?

    • Lily August 27, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca! Most of our heat transfer vinyl is polyurethane (PU.) However, some like CADFlex is PVC. The product composition is noted under the color offerings on each product page of our website.

  3. Debbie Hess January 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    SO, it is safe for me to use HTV on a baby bib? Knowing babies chew on everything. I want to decorate them for a shower.

    • Lily January 7, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Hi Debbie! Yes, it’s safe to use CPSIA compliant HTV on baby bibs. You can double check the HTV you want to use is certified by looking for the badge (pictured in this post) on each product page of our website.

  4. Diane Rose March 27, 2019 at 10:18 am - Reply

    If I am making a ceramic plate with HTV on it, is it safe to have food on it?

    • Lily March 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Diana! Unfortunately, none of the Siser® products qualify as “food safe.”

  5. Susan June 16, 2019 at 12:39 am - Reply

    The htv vinyl is bpa free?

    • Lily June 17, 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Hi Susan! Our PU products are BPA free. To determine if the type of HTV you want to use is PU, please check the “Specifications” listed below the color offerings on each product page of siserna.com

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