Sustainable Parenting Initiative
Responsible Value Chain
Chicco strives to incorporate sustainability through the entire value chain to positively impact our supply chain partners and the environment.
Chicco Value ChainChicco strives to incorporate sustainability through the entire value chain to positively impact our supply chain partners and the environment.
Chicco performs extensive chemical testing on all our products. Independent third-party testing ensures that our products meet rigorous state and federal chemical requirements, including tests for the use of chemicals of concern. All our car seats comply with Federal flammability standards, FMVSS 302. This regulatory flammability standard only applies to car seats, therefore all other Chicco products do not use flame retardant chemicals.
For added peace of mind, the ClearTex line of car seats complies with FMVSS 302 without the use of added fire retardant chemicals. All car seats and strollers do not contain added perfluorinated compounds, PFAS. Our suppliers must adhere to our stringent Restricted Substance List for all Chicco products.
Cornell Center for Materials Research
The Chicco Sustainable Parenting Initiative is our commitment to act responsibly, respecting people and the environment, with an outlook to future generations. As part of this initiative, we developed the ClearTex® line of car seats that meet federal flammability standards without the addition of fire-retardant chemicals. With this development, we wanted independent, accredited, third-party validation to ensure that chemicals of high concern, like fire retardants and stain- or water-repellents, were not present in our line of ClearTex car seats. Chicco partnered with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) to identify chemicals in juvenile car seats.
The team at CCMR used advanced research-grade analytical techniques to identify the presence of chlorine, bromine, phosphorous, and fluorine on each component of our ClearTex® car seats. Chlorine, bromine, and phosphorous are commonly used in flame retardant treatments. Fluorine is the basis for many stain- and water-repellent treatments, like PFAS. Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to identify the fiber type. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Electron Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX) were used to image and identify chemicals on the surface of materials. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to build the structure of the compound found on the surface.
Through this laboratory analysis, ClearTex materials - including fabrics, foams, and labels - were found to have no additional chemicals present, including fire retardant and water- or stain-repellent chemicals. To learn more about the project, click here. This work made use of the Cornell Center for Materials Research Shared Facilities which are supported through the NSF MRSEC program (DMR-1719875).
GREENGUARD Gold Certification
GREENGUARD Gold certification is a rigorous third-party chemical emissions test that measures the levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that may be present in indoor environments. The GREENGUARD Gold standard was developed with at-risk groups in mind, like children and the elderly. GREENGUARD Gold certified products have been tested to meet standards for low chemical emissions, contributing to healthier air quality around baby.
We work with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified factories, showing their commitment to environmental management systems and innovative business practices.