Afternoon Coffee: Another Honda Recall, The “Decadence” of Procreating, Levi’s & Gap’s Supply Chain

Airline rows: now closer together!!
Airplane rows could get closer together -- Been thinking airliner seats offer more leg room than you really need? Me neither. But Airbus is reportedly looking at putting rows closer together. European plane maker Airbus is studying a 236-seat version of its A321 airplane, Aviation Week reports.

"In addition to the vehicles being recalled in the United States, 64,000 are being recalled elsewhere."
Honda Recalling 807,000 S.U.V.'s and Minivans -- Honda is recalling 807,000 utility vehicles and minivans because of a defect that could allow the vehicles to roll away, the automaker said in a news release. The recall covers the 2003-4 Honda Pilot and Odyssey and the 2003-6 Acura MDX. There are 259,000 Pilots, 318,000 Odysseys and 230,000 MDXs involved.

"Last year, the Department of Agriculture estimated a middle-income couple spent $12,290 to $14,320 a year per child."
The Decadence of Procreation -- To be a status symbol, a good must be inaccessible to the masses. And indeed America's birth rate, as New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat reminds us this week, has plummeted along with our economy. "American fertility plunged with the stock market in 2008, and it hasn't recovered," Douthat writes.

"Hazardous chemicals remain on conventional textiles even after being sold at the retail level. Chemical residues enter water systems when textiles are washed."
Levi's, GAP not keeping supply chains sustainable, reports show -- A new report from Greenpeace on how clothing manufacturing facilities are filling wastewater systems in China with harmful chemicals is the latest effort to highlight the clothing industry's poor environmental track record.

- Sheena Moore

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