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Tuesday, February 26 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Breakout #06: Seeking Safer Chemicals Beyond Regulatory Requirements (repeating)

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Consumer product brands and retailers are taking proactive steps to screen and select safer chemicals for products and processes. These efforts began with regulatory requirements like the REACH Regulation and Toy Safety Directive in Europe as well as California Proposition 65 in the US. Brands are moving beyond these drivers in response to pressure from NGOs, consumers, and other non-regulatory stakeholders. Coming to the forefront of these brand and retailer efforts is a growing culture of collaboration and alignment. Brands and categories are creating harmonized restricted substance lists to make it easier for suppliers to identify the priority chemicals of concern for action. But this work is going beyond the conventional list-checking processes to proactively screen and score formulations so supplier can objectively select safer formulations. In this panel discussion you will hear from professionals active in this collaborative work to describe these developments, provide examples, and offer ideas on how your company can engage as a supplier, brand, or retailer.

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Bobbi Wilding, MS

Deputy Director, Clean & Healthy New York
Bobbi Wilding, MS, has been an environmental health advocate for over two decades. She is Deputy Director and co-founder of the non-profit organization Clean and Healthy New York. Since 2013, she has directed the Getting Ready for Baby campaign, comprised of over 100 organizations... Read More →

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Scott Echols

Programme DIrector, ZDHC Foundation
Scott Echols is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has B.S and M.S. Degrees in chemistry and over 30 years of experience that has ranged from environmental chemistry to textile and footwear product chemistry. He is currently... Read More →
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Kristen Kern

Government Relations Representative, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Kristen Kern is a Government Relations Representative for the American Apparel & Footwear Association. She leads AAFA’s Environmental Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear... Read More →
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Joseph Rinkevich

President, Scivera
Joseph Rinkevich is Founder and President of Scivera, leading product development and customer relationships for the company. Scivera started in 2008 with a mission to help consumer product companies engage more efficiently with suppliers on the topic of safer chemicals selection... Read More →
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Mike Schade

Mind the Store Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Mike Schade is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where he coordinates a national U.S. campaign challenging the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. For the previous... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom North