An Industry-Leading Program: Orbit Baby is committed to moving our industry towards safe-for-us, safe-for-our-planet practices. Car seats and strollers are responsible for our children's safety and must perform to the most stringent regulatory standards. We work hard to meet these regulations, and at the same time our engineers challenge themselves every day to think and design in ways that no other baby gear company does, towards greener products and greener practices.
We make the world’s first strollers and car seats with fabrics certified safe by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. Specifically, the fabrics that contact you and your child on all Orbit Baby G2 strollers and car seats comply to this international standard that sets limits on close to 200 potentially harmful substances and chemicals. Using fabrics that meet this standard helps us ensure that they are healthier for your baby and better for the environment. Read more here about Orbit Baby's efforts.
Update Aug 19th, 2009: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that an Oeko-Tex® fabric certification verifies compliance with the most stringent CPSC limits on lead in products. Read more here.
Our Certified Fabrics initiative is especially important in the baby gear industry because state and federal safety standards (NHTSA FMVSS 302 and California TB 117) require all car seats to meet stringent flame retardancy standards. Many manufacturers meet these requirements by treating their fabrics with toxic brominated and chlorinated chemicals, like PBBs and PBDEs, that can be harmful to children. In contrast, all Orbit Baby products meet all applicable flame retardancy standards without these potentially harmful chemicals.
Update May 18, 2011: In reaction to The Green Science Institute's study showing that 80% of baby products tested contain toxic flame retardants, Orbit Baby is highlighted as an industry leader. Read more here about Orbit Baby's efforts.
Our breakthrough OrganicFRTM fabric offers the comfort of wrapping your baby in organic cotton, while still providing the safety of federal flame retardancy (FR) standards. Orbit Baby's proprietary dual-layer construction of organic cotton and wool is the industry's first fabric to be naturally flame retardant without using any harsh chemicals. Like all fabrics in our industry-leading Certified Fabric program (see below), OrganicFRTM is easier on children's skin.
Orbit Baby is proud to offer our customers the world's first stroller and car seat rain shields made from a clear PVC-free material. With this PVC-free, phthalate-free, and chlorine-free polymer, we can deliver a transparent rain shield solution without the fumes, chemicals, stickiness, and that "shower-curtain smell" associated with PVC.
As we were developing the Orbit Baby travel system, we focused on using only the best materials and processes because our products are designed to be used often, every day. We've accounted for the wear and tear of baby travel by using high-quality materials and designing components to be durable. We go above and beyond standard required tests by designing our own methods to test our products for real-life wear and tear. Read more about how Orbit Baby products are made here.
With our modular approach to baby gear, you can accumulate a lot less stuff for family travel. Our system is sensibly designed to grow as your baby grows: just swap out your Orbit seat and keep using the rest of our durable system. From a newborn infant to a rambunctious toddler, from a walk in the park to the airport terminal, you can adapt your Orbit travel system to accommodate life's roller-coaster. Learn more about Orbit Baby's product design.
Here at Orbit, we strive to be carbon neutral. The first and most important thing we can do is reduce our emissions in the first place. We are selective about our travel and we've installed showers to encourage bike commuting. We also encourage getting to work by carpool, public transit, or hybrid whenever possible.
For the travel that we do, Orbit Baby purchases carbon offsets to fund green initiatives in our environment. We choose to fund sustainable energy projects through Climate Care, which encourages innovation and advancement in green technologies.
Orbit Baby was the first business in Newark, California to request and pay for recycling bins. In addition to using biodegradable utensils and minimal packaging here at our office, we recycle all paper, plastic, and cardboard, as well as electronic equipment at authorized recycling centers. Additional materials from our product development work is picked up and recycled into sheet metal by Sims Group. Our packaging is designed for efficient transportation and minimal waste; without bleach, plastic windows, or oily dyes, our brown paper boxes are both efficiently made and efficiently recycled.