Product Safety

Georgetown Student-athletes Protest Nike
November 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

A group of Georgetown University student-athletes have voiced their opinions on sweatshop conditions by covering the Nike logos on their sneakers with tape. Georgetown has a partnership with Nike, which means that athletes usually are seen wearing Nike or Jordan branded…

Penn Emblem Company Receives WRAP Certification
November 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Penn Emblem Company, Philadelphia, is applying its mantra of “Do the right thing. Do things right,” by furthering its product safety certification. Penn Emblem Company’s Mexico location received certification from Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). In order to meet WRAP guidelines, companies must “promote safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing.” For more information on Penn…

Can't Wait for Tomorrow
November 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Paul Bellantone and I walked to dinner after the first day of PPAI’s 2015 Product Responsibility Summit and talked about the same thing

Ignite USA LLC Recalls Children's Tumblers
November 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Ignite USA LLC, Atlanta, announced a recall of its Bueno by Contigo Kids' Straw Tumblers due to a risk of ingestion. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), if children chew on the drinking straw, small pieces can break off into their…

Bangladesh Says 80 Percent of Garment Factories Are Safe
November 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Bangladesh government found more than 80 percent of Bangladesh's garment factories supplying global retailers to be safe, the government said on Monday, citing improvements made after a deadly 2013 accident. Syed Ahmed, the inspector general of factories, said a 1,475 garment factories had been assessed as part of a government initiative supported by the…

When Negotiating, Choose Your Words Very, Very Carefully
November 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

There's a reason negotiating often is referred to as an art: Achieving what you want without settling or offending the other party is a tricky business. From body language to discussion strategies, there are thousands of tips for getting it right. Now comes a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that…

Logomark Partners with Pisen
November 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Logomark, Tustin, Calif., announced that it has partnered with Pisen, Shenzhen, China, to bring Asia’s largest retail power bank brand to the promotional industry. “In today’s mobile-dependent world, Pisen power banks are perhaps one of the most relevant corporate promotional items we have yet to…

Some 3-D Printing Materials Are Toxic
November 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

3-D printers, all the rage in recent years for their ability to simply and affordably create a multitude of items, may have a dark side: New research suggests some of the materials they use are toxic to fish and perhaps other animals as well. The story began when Shirin Oskui, a graduate student at the…

Maeli Rose Recalls Children's Hoodies
November 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Maeli Rose, Arcadia, Calif., is recalling its Girl's Hoodie due to a strangulation hazard. The hoodie has a drawstring that poses a risk of strangulation inside of the hood's lining surrounding the face. The drawstring can…

Nonprofit Introduces Compliance Stamp for Personal Care Items
November 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Consumer products are held to high standards to ensure product safety and compliance. However, cosmetic products and their ingredients do not need to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental health…