Be cautious of hair bands at open markets around the city too they are probably from China since they are purchased in bulk very very cheap !!!! Take a good look before buying hair bands in future especially the following kind;- These Hair bands were made from used condoms and threads!! BEIJING (AFP) - Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China threatening to spread sexually-transmitta ble diseases they were originally meant In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou 'These cheap and colorful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ...... threatening the health of local people,' it said.. Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said. 'People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,' bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 sen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said. A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal. China 's manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems. Check your kids hair bands and make sure they do not put them in their mouth while trying to plait or tie their hair. See below for Chinese Slippers now being sold in Walmart in the US . Hopefully, they are not yet in the Philippines .... REMEMBER THE PAINT ON KIDS TOYS? This is very true as I heard it in news from one of our local radios here that our government has to be extra careful on these cheap imports from china. These includes strong but cheap chemical in their manufactures. Cheap is becoming expensive and at the same time fatal. I nearly bought one pair of the slippers below for in Walmart, USA and same complaints received. Beware of the quality of items you shop!