We believe that of all the materials in car seats and strollers, you should be most concerned about the chemical safety and environmental credentials of the fabrics. This is for the simple reason that the fabrics are primarily what your child sits on, sleeps against, and touches on an everyday basis.
At Orbit Baby, we have taken a singular leadership position by committing to using fabrics that are certified to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 (also known as Oekotex and Öko-Tex Standard 100). This is an international certification that sets limits on close to 200 potentially harmful substances and chemicals. Besides being the only valid certification of its kind, the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is very thorough in the substances it addresses: There are tests for compounds ranging from harmful heavy metals like lead and arsenic, to many known allergy-inducing and irritating chemicals. The list includes pesticides, phthalates, dyes, and VOC emissions. Please click here for a full list of the potentially harmful substances that Oeko-Tex® addresses.
This standard also reaches deep into the supply chain, instead of being only a lab-based guideline. In order to supply a compliant fabric, a fabric factory is required to work closely with the International Oeko-Tex® Association and to renew their fabric certifications yearly to ensure continuing quality. In addition, by making sure our products are cleaner, we are making sure our environment is cleaner – by sourcing Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 textiles, we use less of the substances covered, and so are helping to reduce the amounts of these potentially harmful chemicals released into the environment. Oeko-Tex® helps to keep things like formaldehyde, heavy metals, and harmful dyes out of our product waste and therefore our soil, groundwater, and air.
All the fabrics that contact your child on Orbit Baby G2 and G3 products meet the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. In addition, all of our fabrics conform to Orbit Baby's industry-leading chemical safety standards. For example, we hold "below detection limit" standards on bromine, TCEP, TDCPP, TCPP, and we have rid our supply chain of PBB and PBDE compounds. We also hold similar strict standards on heavy metals such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury.
Because of the stringent State and Federal flame retardancy requirements of car seats, achieving chemical safety for Orbit Baby car seat fabrics has proven to be especially challenging both technically and practically. The additional process of achieving Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 compliance, and of implementing our general chemical safety standards, has also been difficult. The principle we follow is "Verified Trust." This means that firstly, we have had to take on the arduous task of finding and developing relationships with the few textile mills that meet our high standards. This process helps to ensure that we only work with mills we can Trust, even when the component costs involved are inevitably higher. Secondly, in order to still Verify the fabrics we source from these partners, we have also implemented a strict testing regimen with which we ensure compliance. This testing is done through independent test labs.
We are aware of no other children's car seat or stroller manufacturer that offers the breadth and depth of commitment to chemical and environmental safety in fabrics. For the sake of children and the environment, we hope that our industry will take our lead and that more companies will start to offer these certifications; in the meantime, we are confident that our products offer the best choice for you and your child.
You can visit the Oeko-Tex® website:
More information about Oeko-Tex® can be found here:
As an example of the challenge and importance Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, Volvo Car Corporation has implemented a program of making all of their car interiors compliant:
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) states that an Oeko-Tex® fabric certification verifies compliance with the most stringent CPSC limits on lead in products. Read the report here.
Read more about Orbit Baby's materials and certifications here.