PA House passes legislation allowing recycled materials in stuffed toys

HARRISBURG, June 27 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., that would allow recycled materials to be used in stuffed toys passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a vote of 163-40.

This legislation (H.B. 1333) would bring Pennsylvania in line with all other global stuffed toy requirements, enabling manufacturers and retailers to make and sell stuffed toys with recycled materials in the commonwealth.

“This is really just commonsense legislation,” said Dawkins, chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee. “Not only is the use of recycled materials commonplace because it is safe and the materials undergo the same extensive testing as new materials, but it also allows toy manufacturers to reach their sustainability goals and is better for the environment.”

House Bill 1333 is a companion bill to S.B. 756, introduced by Pennsylvania Sens. Devlin Robinson, John Kane and Art Haywood.

The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration.