January 18, 2012 |
Here's your wind-beneath-my-wings Wednesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --You know Jessica Alba the movie star. But what about Jessica Alba the Internet entrepreneur? After giving birth to a new baby, Alba has launched an e-commerce company at Honest.com (named after her 3-year-old daughter Honor) to sell eco-friendly and toxic-free baby products and household items for a monthly subscription. She says the idea was born after she learned that toxic chemicals are in widely used, everyday products.
May 20, 2011 |
Eighty percent of polyurethane foam samples from 101 common baby products had detectable amounts of "potentially toxic" flame retardants, a team of scientists reported this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. For the Record, 3:33 p.m. July 14: An earlier version of this post included a photo that showed, among other items for children, dolls and blankets manufactured by Blabla Kids. The Los Angeles Times has no knowledge of these products being among the ones tested for flame retardants.
HOME & GARDEN
April 9, 2011 |
Bugaboo, the brand that introduced the $800 stroller to America, has put a new model on the market that can retail for as much as $1,659. It is called the Donkey and no, it doesn't walk your baby by itself, or work by remote control, or carry enough water to last three days in the desert. It doesn't even claim to be safer than other strollers. What it does do is convert from a very fancy single stroller into a side-by-side double and back again. And despite the price, people are lining up to buy it. "It's expensive, but the price point was what we expected to pay for the quality and the durability," said Billy Kobayashi, a father of one with another on the way, while picking up his family's Donkey at the Bugaboo store in El Segundo.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010 |
When Christine DeHaven's son was 2 months old, she wrote a list of what she considered essential baby products to pass along to her pregnant friends. "As a new mom, there is so much out there, and they make you feel like you need all these things," she wrote in her note. "I wanted to tell people what I really used. " There are 36 items on the list, which she has since e-mailed to half a dozen expecting moms. It includes burp cloths ("I go through so many a day it is crazy," she wrote)
July 13, 2009 |
For decades, California has been the only state in the nation to require the use of highly toxic fire-retardant chemicals on cribs, infant carriers, strollers, nursing pillows, changing tables, high chairs and other baby products. Regulations mandating the treatment were well intentioned. Who wouldn't want to protect children from fire?
April 4, 2009 |
Warning of potential injury and death, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a flurry of recalls of baby-related merchandise, including high chairs with falling seats, cribs that can cause suffocation and toys that pose a choking hazard. About 643,000 Evenflo Envision high chairs and 90,000 Evenflo Majestic high chairs were recalled Thursday because plastic fasteners and metal screws can fall out and allow the seat back to fall backward or detach, said Scott Wolfson, a commission spokesman.