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Environmental Responsibility

3 Results

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: The Problem With Plastics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    Michael Biddle, PhD

    Managing Director, Ekok Innovations

    Dr. Mike Biddle is the managing director of Evok Innovations, an entrepreneur-led CleanTech venture fund that aims to increase the scale, diversity and quality of early-stage innovations focused on clean energy, reducing the time it takes to commercialize technologies. Evok accomplishes this by connecting entrepreneurs with flexible capital, mentors and industry partners. 

    Before Evok, Mike founded MBA Polymers—literally from his garage. He grew MBA to the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and now household waste. When the company was sold, it had a processing capacity of over 300 million lbs/yr in Europe and China.  Some of the largest manufacturers in the world have used MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.   

    Mike worked for several large companies, namely General Electric, Cummins Engine Company and Dow Chemical, before striking out on his own in 1992.  Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors.  He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MS in Management Science.

    Mike, who is often called the “Garbage Man” for his groundbreaking work in extracting valuable resources from highly complex waste streams around the world, has won numerous international awards.  In fact, he just picked up both the 2017 SME Circulars Award and the Davos Prize at this years’ World Economic Forum for the company he founded 

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  • It Pays To Prepare: Know Your State’s Chemical Regulations To Mitigate Risk

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session by Jennifer Barbarisi and Danielle Iverson will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Danielle Iverson

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Danielle Iverson, Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant with TÜV Rheinland of North America, provides guidance and recommendations to clients regarding testing and quality assurance programs. Iverson also helps to implement protocols designed to protect clients’ brands, ensure compliance with national and international compliance regulations and minimize risk for apparel, textiles and footwear. Before joining TUV Rheinland, Iverson was the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Iverson also served as Director of Government Affairs with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). She received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Japanese language and literature from George Washington University and an associate’s degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing Best Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/26/2016

    Understanding the environmental footprint of promotional products is essential to having a truly environmentally sustainable business. In this session we will delve into sustainable manufacturing processes and how these processes impact at the footprint left behind by a product centric industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Mark Trotzuk for this session about environmentally responsible manufacturing best practices. Understanding the environmental footprint of promotional products is essential to having a truly environmentally sustainable business. In this session we will delve into sustainable manufacturing processes and how these processes impact a the footprint left behind by at product centric industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: Going Green and FTC Guide Updates

    Mark Trotzuk

    Founder and Chief Operating Officer

    Mark Trotzuk is both the founder and chief operating officer of Boardroom -Eco Apparel, a clothing design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Mark holds an economics/agriculture degree from The University of British Columbia and after playing one season of professional Hockey in Germany, returned to Canada in 1989 and was employed by The Royal Bank as a financial risk advisor for Agricultural and Corporate Real-estate Loans.

    In 1996, Mark's wanted to get involved in something that allowed him to be more creative and he opened a Clothing Design and Manufacturing Business called “Boardroom Custom Clothing" which is now in its 14thyear of operation. In 2005, shortly after his daughter Rio Raine was born, Mark initiated a big change in operations and product development at Boardroom by launching ECO-Apparel (ecoapparel.ca); a clothing brand made exclusively from environmentally friendly materials that is committed to environment, health, and safety at every level of manufacturing; from raw materials to distribution.

    In April of 2008, Mark's passion for the environment brought him the opportunity to train with Al Gore as a presenter for The Climate Project; a Canadian initiative to increase awareness of Global Warming and Climate Change. Mark is also an “Ambassador" for the David Suzuki Foundation where Mark delivers interactive workshops to workplaces interested in greening their business.

    Mark continues to take his Eco Apparel business to a whole new level; expanding sales to established international corporations and government partners; opened a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot factory, showroom and distribution center in East Vancouver; launched a Woman's Boutique Apparel Collection “Echo Rain"; was one of the first companies to join “blue sign – technologies" as a Brand Member (bluesign.com); joined 1% For The Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org); and owns the American and Canadian Trade Marks for the brand “eco" for “class 25" apparel category.

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