Health Care & Safety

Coming Soon: A Fitbit for Your Brain
April 19, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Last week, we reported on the man whose Fitbit saved his life. Wearable fitness trackers are ubiquitous, and their potential hasn't even been fully realized. According to Newsweek, Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv, a company that manufactures electroencephalography (EEG) products for…

CPSC Rules All Available Hoverboards Unsafe, Amazon Pulls Them from Store
February 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Hoverboards quickly have become one of the most popular gifts, and seeing people glide across the sidewalk is no longer a novelty. However, numerous customers have reported issues, such as combustion, with their items. Now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) have released…

California Adds Aloe Vera to Proposition 65 List
February 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

When we get sunburns, nothing soothes the pain like aloe vera. But, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added a form of aloe vera to its list of potentially harmful substances under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of…

Uber, Lyst Deliver New York Fashion Week Gift Bags
February 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm

New York Fashion Week showcases the hottest new styles in the fashion world. This year, New Yorkers using the popular ride-sharing app Uber can get their hands on some New York Fashion Week promotional items, thanks…

Major Fire at Bangladesh Sweater Factory Raises Questions About Safety Concerns
February 3, 2016 at 6:06 pm

A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Bangladeshi sweater factory that supplies Western retailers H&M and J.C. Penney. The conflagration injured at least four people, but according to global labor rights advocates, barely escaped inflicting tragedy on a much deeper scale: Most of the factory’s more than 6,000 workers had not yet showed…

4 Snow-ready Promotional Products
January 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

As the season's first significant snow fall makes its way up the Northeast U.S., we're getting ready for a lot of snow here in Philadel

Report Claims Child Labor Behind Lithium-ion Batteries
January 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Major electronics brands, such as Apple, Samsung and Sony, reportedly are failing to do checks to ensure that they aren't sourcing cobalt mined by child workers. A report from Amnesty International, titled "'This is what we die for': Human rights abuses in the…

Lawsuit Claims EOS Lip Balm Can Damage Skin
January 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

On Jan. 12, a woman in California filed a class action lawsuit against EOS, claiming that its lip balm causes skin to crack, bleed and blister. The lawsuit alleges that many consumers, "potentially in excess of hundreds of thousands, who have purchased and used the product … have experienced devastating adverse reactions to the product,…

BIC Graphic Launches More Than 400 New Products
January 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., is launching more than 400 new products this month. Based on research both inside and outside the industry, BIC Graphic's product development team not only has focused on bringing new products to the line, but also expanding top-selling categories with new colors and line extensions, offering distributors more choices. The additions include:…

Toddy Gear to Debut New Items at PPAI Expo
January 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Toddy Gear, Chicago, announced it will show the following new items for the first time at the PPAI EXPO: The Smart Charge 2-in-1 Power Bank is a wall charger and portable power bank that recharges devices while it charges itself—no USB wall-outlet adapter needed. A user plugs the USB cable into the power bank to…