As an industry leader in chemical safety for children, Orbit Baby supports the work of leading experts to promote the restriction of unsafe chemicals in children’s products. We manufacture strollers and car seats using fabrics that are certified to be free of a long list of potentially dangerous chemicals. 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.
The Green Science Policy Institute issued a study calling attention to flame retardant chemicals, associated with various health problems, which were found to be prevalent 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 topic.
Our products meet stringent chemical safety guidelines, and still comply to the California Technical Bulletin 117 (TB117) flame retardancy standard discussed in the recent 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. Toxic brominated and chlorinated chemicals, like PBBs and PBDEs, unfortunately continue to be used to treat fabrics to meet flame retardancy requirements. In contrast, all Orbit Baby products meet these standards without using these harmful chemicals.
Government regulatory bodies provide a baseline for chemical safety standards in consumer products. Because Orbit Baby sells products in many international markets, our baseline for chemical safety already takes into account what international toxicologists have determined to be the minimum requirement for safe materials. Beyond that baseline, here are some of the additional steps we take in the interest of chemical safety:
All Orbit Baby products comply with the government's requirements for flame retardancy (NHTSA FMVSS 302, CA TB117) without the use of toxic brominated and chlorinated chemicals, like PBBs and PBDEs. Many of these chemicals are mentioned in the study discussed above as potentially harmful substances.
We go above and beyond to certify that there are no dangerous flame retardant chemicals in our fabrics. All Orbit Baby G2 products use fabrics certified by the International Oeko-Tex® Association to be completely free of PBBs, PBDEs, TRIS, TEPA, HBCDD, SCCP, and TCEP. Most fabrics and foams require treatment with some flame retardants in order to meet federally mandated car seat requirements. Of our fabrics that have been treated, they contain non-toxic flame retardants that have been extensively tested and thoroughly analyzed by the Oeko-Tex® Association. This Association’s toxicologists approve only a short list of flame retardants because all of these substances have undergone a thorough assessment by Oeko-Tex® from a human-ecological point of view. Oeko-Tex® has toxicologists in Germany and Switzerland review literature, history, test data, and toxicology reports before approving that the substance is harmless to human health.
Orbit Baby has always been an innovation leader in responsible design for the baby gear industry.
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. Since 2008, with the introduction of our first Oeko-Tex® certified fabric, we have added over 60 Oeko-Tex® certified materials to our supply chain and we continue to grow this effort. We know that our customers appreciate that innovation comes at a premium – a typical Oeko-Tex® certified textile costs twice as much as one that is not certified, and we spend tens of thousands of dollars annually on testing at independent, accredited laboratories to ensure our strict chemical requirements are being met.
Chemical safety is one of the many ways in which Orbit Baby is proud to be a leader in innovation, responsible design, and safety in our industry.