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I am Mad, Lead Paint Harmful to Our CHILDREN June 6, 2009

Filed under: Child Safety,earth friendly — arrowearth @ 2:54 pm
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This is the reason for my RANT…. When will it  be possible for Moms, Dads, Grandparent, Aunts, Uncles or anyone to walk into a store or shop online for safe toys for the children we love.  Lead Free paint was banned in the US in the 1970’s.  Why do we still have toys with lead paint available for purchase in the US?  The toy makers continue to import toys that are sold here without regard to the consequences to our children.  The toys listed in this article have been recalled.  What about the children that were exposed before the recall?  What about the people that missed the recall and their children are still playing with these toys?

The toy companies will continue to import and pay out the $$$$ fines as long as we continue to buy the products.  As consumers it is your responsibility to find safe toys for your children.  We can not risk the health of even one child.  Earth friendly child safe toys are available in a variety of forms.  Take the time to purchase wisely.  As a child advocate I strongly encourage parents to choose safe toys for your precious ones.  As an online merchant I have made the decision to offer only earth & child friendly toy products.  I can not chance even one child’s health!

I advise Consumers to visit the CPSC for Alerts or subscribe to the Alerts via email.  Follow the links below.

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs

Washington, DC 20207


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2009
Release # 09-237

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Mattel, Fisher-Price to Pay $2.3 Million Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban
Penalty is highest ever for CPSC regulated product violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its commitment to protecting the safety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y. have agreed to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty for violating the federal lead paint ban.

The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Mattel and Fisher-Price knowingly (as defined in the Consumer Product Safety Act) imported and sold children’s toys with paints or other surface coatings that contained lead levels that violated a 30-year-old federal law. In 1978, a federal ban was put in place which prohibited toys and other children’s articles from having more than 0.06 percent lead (by weight) in paints or surface coatings. In 2007, about 95 Mattel and Fisher-Price toy models were determined to have exceeded this limit. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health consequences.

This civil penalty, which is the highest for violations involving importation or distribution in commerce of a regulated product and is the third highest of any kind in CPSC history, settles the following allegations:

  • Mattel imported up to 900,000 non-compliant toys between September 2006 and August 2007, including the “Sarge” toy car and numerous Barbie accessory toys, and distributed most of them to its retail customers for sale to U.S. consumers. The “Sarge” car was recalled in August 2007 and the Barbie toys were recalled in September 2007.
  • Fisher-Price imported up to 1.1 million non-compliant toys between July 2006 and August 2007, including certain licensed character toys and the Bongo Band, GEOTRAX locomotive, and Go Diego Go Rescue Boat toys. Most of these toys were distributed to retail stores for sale to consumers. The licensed character toys were recalled in August 2007, the Bongo Band and GEO TRAX toys were recalled in September 2007, and the Go Diego Go Boat toys were recalled in October 2007.

“These highly publicized toy recalls helped spur Congressional action last year to strengthen CPSC and make even stricter the ban on lead paint on toys,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. “This penalty should serve notice to toy makers that CPSC is committed to the safety of children, to reducing their exposure to lead, and to the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.”

This settlement also resolves other potential matters. In agreeing to the settlement, Mattel and Fisher-Price deny that they knowingly violated federal law, as alleged by CPSC staff.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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Reusable Becomes A Way of Life With EcoBags June 2, 2009

Filed under: earth friendly — arrowearth @ 9:02 am
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“One Step at A Time” to a New Shopping Experience!

ECOBAGS opened for business in 1989 with a simple goal: to produce quality bags at great prices so that “reusable becomes a way of life.”
Founder of ECOBAGS Sharon Feldman Rowe states. “I started this company because I was tired of all the throw away paper and plastic waste.” Sharon had taken a trip to Europe and noticed the wide use of using drawstring reusable bags. With this thought in mind, she came up with the idea of producing quality reusable bags so that this could become “a way of life.”


ECOBAGS
were first introduced in 1990 at the Earth Day celebration in New York City and instantly became a “big hit.” ECOBAGS is now a member of Co-Op America, the organic trade association and a certified Women Owned Business. (NBENC) All products are manufactured Fair Trade and Fair Labor with products manufactured with a Co-op in India. All ECOBAG products are made from SKAL certified organic cotton, recycled cotton, hemp and hemp-cotton blends and natural untreated and unbleached cotton as well as other natural fiber products and provides sturdy reusable source of goods.
Reusable ECOBAGS have been featured on the Martha Stewart show, Oprah, and NPR radio as well articles in several well known magazines promoting “reusable as a way of life.”


Starting with the simple “One Step at a Time” by bringing your own bag to shop may seem trivial; it creates a “mindset” that has a big impact on the earth and on those who make this choice. Like anything, the more you take this simple step, the more it seems like the natural thing to do.

 

The Who, What’s And Where’s Of Fair Trade June 1, 2009

Filed under: Fair Trade — arrowearth @ 12:05 pm
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Arrow Earth is committed to providing quality earth friendly products at affordable prices. Arrow Earth continually researches for the highest quality items that are cost effective to both the seller and the consumer. In so doing , Fair Trade products cannot be ignored and must be considered in the equation of quality and fair price.

We as consumers are constantly overwhelmed with advertisements telling us what to buy, when to buy, how to buy, where to buy and how much to pay. In this process we may hear that buying fair trade products is a good thing to do….but what exactly is Fair Trade and who does it help?

Fair trade is an alternative way of doing business that promotes equal wages to communities, engaging in sustainable practices and promoting healthy working conditions.

Fair trade is a market based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. It aims at educating and empowering disadvantaged producers and connects them to a market, so they too can participate in global trade. It encompasses such principles as:

Anti-slave, anti-child labor

  • Environmentally friendly processes
  • A respectful relationship with producers
  • A fair wage
  • A healthy working environment
  • Gender equality
  • The development of infrastructure
  • The development/training of the artisans

Fair trade is a growing business in the United States. Conscious buyers are demanding more and more fairly traded products and green goods. More than one million Americans buy Fair Trade products annually. Fair Trade may be the most powerful tool for boosting standards of living in the developing world. David Salcedo, founder of PEOPLink states “(Fair Trade is) a very attractive concept, across the political spectrum. People like the idea of helping people, not with handouts but with an opportunity to work hard and decently.”

Arrow Earth is committed to offering products from Fair Trade companies such as Handmade Expressions, with the knowledge that fair trade practices are respected and followed. It is with trust that Arrow Earth.com offers these products to the consumer so that you can buy with confidence and peace of mind. .

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