President Barack Obama signed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) into law this week, representing the first meaningful update to TSCA in 40 years, according to the Toy Industry Association (TIA). The new legislation reflects scientific and technological advances and ensures that a uniform federal policy will regulate chemicals across all 50 states. [Read more...]
Toy Industry Association (TIA) representatives and several TIA members met with members of federal congressional offices and the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the passage of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation.
TIA led the TSCA Advocacy Day to encourage key policymakers to collaborate, finalize legislation, and propose a joint bill to President Obama, which he can sign into a federal law before he leaves office next year.
State chemical regulatory programs have resulted in complex and costly compliance procedures that often do not increase the safety of children’s products. Both bills include preemption language that would prevent states from banning chemicals in the future.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, a bill reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with a 398-to-1 vote. Among its provisions, H.R. 2576, called the TSCA Modernization Act, requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use a risk-based approach to regulating new and existing chemicals, as well as a weight of evidence approach that uses credible and authoritative scientific data to demonstrate harm before creating new mandates.
Hasbro Inc. has been named as a winner of the Climate Leadership Awards for the second time, acknowledging the company’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry honored Hasbro for its leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Hasbro received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management – Goal Setting Certificate, which recognizes organizations that publicly report and verify corporate GHG inventories and set aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals. Last September, the company established a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent by 2020 from a 2012 base year. This represents the company’s third public GHG reduction goal.
Recently, the toy manufacturer was also awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S Green Building Council for the its renovated facility in Providence, R.I., which has a number of green building features including sustainable carpet and reused material from local sources.
Hasbro, Inc. recieved an Environmental Merit Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizing the company for outstanding environmental work and significant contributions toward preserving and protecting natural resources.
The award acknowledges Hasbro’s environmental sustainability achievements, including:
- Improving Product-to-Packaging Ratio: In April 2012, Hasbro announced plans to reduce materials used in product packaging for many of its brands.
- Eliminating PVC in Packaging: Hasbro has eliminated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from new product packaging this year, and will continue to reduce PVC in all packaging until it’s eliminated.
- Increasing Recycled Content: Hasbro exceeded its 2011 goal to derive at least 75 percent of paper and board packaging from recycled material or from sources that practice sustainable forest management. By 2015, Hasbro plans to increase that target to 90 percent usage of these materials and sources for all its paperboard packaging and in-box game content.
- Using Materials Responsibly: Hasbro’s owned and operated factory in North America uses vegetable-based printing inks and aqueous coatings in its printing processes for game and puzzle components, boxes, and instructions. Additionally, the factory has received green certification for its printing processes by the nonprofit Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).
- Sourcing Paper Sustainably: Since 2011, Hasbro follows a paper sourcing policy, providing guidelines for suppliers regarding sustainable paper sourcing to help ensure that paper used in Hasbro products aligns with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Additionally, both of its owned and operated factories have achieved certification from certifying bodies like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- Reducing Waste: Hasbro sends zero waste to landfill from its North American manufacturing processes, and the company is committed to waste reduction across its facilities.