INDA’s Government Affairs office in Washington, DC, serves as your “eyes and ears” in our nation’s capital. Here, we represent you and all members of our industry, supporting legislation that improves our business prospects, and generates detailed comments on regulatory activities that could threaten industry activity or are misguided. On our members’ behalf, we employ a full-time representative in Washington, DC serving as a liaison/advocate between our members, our industry, and federal officials on a diverse array of issues. Members receive the monthly INDA Washington Alert newsletter to stay informed on legislative and regulatory activities that impact their business. Topics range from recent and proposed legislation, to review and analysis of regulations, and other U.S. and world policy issues. This newsletter is available via email and in the Members’ Only section of the INDA website.
We were unaware that the state of Washington was about to label regenerated cellulose as a plastic. If that had happened, it would have dramatically impacted our business and the market – there's no question. Having notification from INDA allowed us to actually participate in educating the legislators, staffers and other stakeholders on the impact of what they were about to do. And luckily, with the team, we were able to help legislators chart a more effective course.
–Thomas Carlyle, Nonwovens Commercial Manager – Americas, Lenzing AG
In early 2019, Austria-based company Lenzing was notified by INDA that the state of Washington was about to label regenerated cellulose as a plastic. The legislation was driven by wastewater stakeholders’ desire to regulate flushable wipes. If the bill passed unchanged, it would have greatly impacted Lenzing and the entire nonwoven wipe industry. An estimated 99% of the flushable wipe substrates would have been prohibited, requiring them to be marked as unflushable. INDA quickly put together a team, traveled to Washington state to meet with legislators, stakeholders and staffers, and educated them on the issue and the impact of what they were about to do. INDA completely changed the course of the bill that was proposed and passed by the state of Washington.