Help me clean up the baby bottle mess

April 20th, 2012

When I announced my candidacy for the 50th Assembly District, I said I wanted to clean up Sacramento’s mess, and I needed your help. Little did I suspect we’d have to start so soon.

Just in time for Earth Day, one of my opponent’s campaign is littering front doors across the district with low-grade plastic baby bottles. I’m not sure why my opponent thought voters in the most environmentally conscious district in California would want to get spammed with unwanted plastic, but I’m ready to lead the recycling drive.

This Monday, I will personally recycle all the bottles given to me and my team by voters, taking them to the Santa Monica Community Recycling Center.

I’m getting lots of calls and emails from voters who are baffled by the unsolicited baby bottles being distributed to voters in a district where people bring canvas bags to the supermarket, compost, and try to bike to work.

If you would like to have your bottle picked up and recycled, please email Madeleine before Sunday at 5pm.

Voters are even more upset to learn the bottles are manufactured in Mexico at a company with a terrible safety record. When I get to Sacramento, I plan on fighting for local jobs, and for legislation that will protect consumers from companies like this one.

In the weeks to come, our campaign will work to rise above these gimmicks by promoting ideas and issues over political games. But first we are stepping up to take care of this wasteful plastic mess.

Best,
Torie

Facts About Baby Bottle Producer Evenflo

  • In 2008, Evenflo recalled 100,000 high chairs, after over one thousand reports of parts falling off, and after over 90 reports of children being injured.
  • In 2008, Evenflo had to recall 1 million child restraint seats. It turned out that these child safety seats, which parents had been relying on, would break off and fly around the car given just 38 miles per hour of impact.
  • In 2009, Evenflo announced that even though it would keep its products free from BPA in the United States, it would continue using this harmful chemical in its bottles sold overseas.
  • In 2010, Evenflo had to recall 750,000 drop-side cribs, after at least 32 child deaths were blamed on this crib model.