WE ACT Statement on Toys “R” Us Inc.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 16, 2015

CONTACT: Stanley Fritz, 212-961-1000 x320 347-208-4919 / stanley@weact.org 

NEW YORK –On April 16th, 2015 Toys “R”, Us Inc., one of the country’s largest toy suppliers released an update on their corporate safety page to request that stores reduce or completely eliminate dangerous substances that may be dangerous or effect the health of the environment. Specifically, the statement said the following:

“In 2014, Toys“R”Us, Inc. urged its global suppliers to reduce or eliminate substances that may not be the subject of current legislation, but are nevertheless of potential concerns to human health and the environment. At the same time, the company advised suppliers to avoid substituting substances of equal or greater concerns and asked them to review the potentially hazardous substances lists promulgated under Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act, Maine’s Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law, California’s Proposition 65 and the European Union’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as a guide. It also reminded its suppliers to routinely review the Toys“R”Us, Inc. global product protocols for the most current details on the regulatory chemical restrictions and the company’s global requirements, some of which may exceed and/or be more stringent than the limits specified by law.”

In Response to this action, Cecil Corbin-Mark, the Deputy Director of We Act for Environmental Justice and Co-Chair of the Just Green partnership Coalition released the following statement.

“We are very pleased to see that Toys “R” Us Inc., is taking the issue of toxic toys so seriously, it sends a powerful message to other major retailers who may be balking at taking this step, and serves as another example to Albany that now is the time to pass the New York State Child Safe Products Act. The legislation would protect New York’s Children from more than toys but other children’s products which contain toxic chemicals. Toys “R” Us gets it, now it’s time for Albany to follow suit, the facts are with us, and with 30+ co-sponsors, the time to act is now.”

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West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Follow WEACT on Facebook and Twitter.