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Orbit Baby

May 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Orbit Baby® Leads the Industry in Children's Chemical Safety for Flame Retardant Materials

The First and Only Major Car Seat and Stroller Manufacturer to Use Fabrics and Foams Oeko-Tex® Certified to Be Free of Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) - Recently, the Green Science Policy Institute published a study calling attention to flame retardant chemicals, associated with various health problems, which were found to be prevalent in children's products. As an industry leader in chemical safety for children, Orbit Baby, Inc. supports the work of leading experts to restrict unsafe chemicals in children's products. In The Safe Kids Buyer's Guide, the Institute highlights the hard work that Orbit Baby has done in support of this important safety initiative.

"As a father of two young girls, as well as one of the founders of Orbit Baby, I knew we had a responsibility to go above and beyond the current regulations against the harmful chemicals used as flame retardants," said Joseph Hei, president and co-founder of Orbit Baby. "The fact that 80% of the products tested by the Institute contained chemical flame retardants associated with adverse health effects is unacceptable. At Orbit Baby, we always start by asking ourselves if we would put our own children in any product we develop, so it's encouraging to me that this study has come out. I hope this is the first step in increasing awareness of these chemicals and their potential harm to children."

As a world leader in designing safe and responsible children's products, Orbit Baby makes the world's first and only strollers and car seats with eco-certified foams and fabrics, outlined in their orbit green™ program. Leading experts, including the Swiss Oeko-Tex® Association, agree that there are many chemicals that should be limited in consumer products in the interest of chemical safety. Orbit Baby fabrics are in fact certified chemically safe by Oeko-Tex®, while still complying to the CA TB117 flame retardancy standard highlighted in the Green Science Policy Institute article. In addition, Orbit Baby car seats also meet the even more stringent FMVSS302 car seat flame retardancy standard. This mandatory federal standard is the strictest flame retardancy standard for any consumer product in the US.

The orbit green™ program gives parents peace-of-mind through several initiatives:

  • All of Orbit Baby's fabrics conform to industry-leading chemical safety recommendations. For example, Orbit Baby holds "below detection limit" standards on brominated flame retardants.
  • Foams and fabrics are eco-certified by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 to be chemically safe (meeting bans or limits on nearly 200 potentially harmful chemicals, including the flame retardants PBBs, PBDEs, TRIS, TEPA, HBCDD, SCCP, and TCEP that unfortunately continue to be used for flame retardancy).
  • All products have strict limits on heavy metals such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, mercury and lead (conforming to CPSIA-HR4040 and Europe's EN71-3 requirements).
  • All products are free of PVC and phthalates on surfaces that come in contact with children.
  • Containers for food, such as stroller snack trays, are BPA-free.

In the Orbit Baby product line, the concerns raised in the Green Science Policy Institute's study are met with the certified chemical safety of the Stroller Travel System G2 and the full G2 product line. In other material innovations, Orbit Baby makes the only stroller and car seat footmuffs with an interior fabric that meets the FMVSS302 flame retardancy standard without the use of any chemicals at all (their Green Edition Footmuffs are made with proprietary OrganicFR™ organic cotton fabric technology), and the first stroller and car seat rain shields made without PVC. As a premium product offering, Orbit Baby gives parents smart value by using some of the best and most expensive materials available; only this high quality can ensure chemical safety in children's products.

The Green Science Policy Institute's The Safe Kids Buyer's Guide: http://www.greensciencepolicy.org/sites/default/files/Safe%20Kids%20Campaign%20Report_0.pdf

Learn more about the chemical safety of Orbit Baby's flame retardancy:
http://www.orbitbaby.com/en/articles/flame-retardants/

Please read more about our Oeko-Tex® effort here:
http://www.orbitbaby.com/en/articles/certified-fabrics/

More about our industry-leading efforts in fabric safety can be found here:
http://www.orbitbaby.com/en/why-orbit-baby/green/

About Orbit Baby, Inc.
Orbit Baby offers a complete child travel system, from stroller to car seat and beyond. A favorite with A-list celebrities, moms and dads alike, the integrated Orbit Baby system is designed to take your child everywhere with unprecedented ease and style. With an emphasis on advanced safety and engineering, Orbit Baby is continually recognized for its innovation, ergonomic design and environmentally friendly focus. Founded by two fathers with a background in high-end product design, the company applies hands-on experience and extensive research to create products that are elegantly simple, intuitive to use, and unsurpassed in real-world safety. Orbit Baby's green philosophy is evident in its use of safer materials and supply chain policies, as well as its commitment to making a premium system that evolves with growing families.

Orbit Baby is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. For more information about Orbit Baby, please visit www.orbitbaby.com

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