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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

Lawmakers and public push Whole Foods to put “Planet Over Plastic” at upcoming annual meeting

AUSTIN, Texas --  U.S. PIRG Education Fund , Environment America Research & Policy Center, and Student PIRG sent 59,000 petitions and a letter signed by more than 40 state lawmakers Thursday to Whole Foods urging the company to commit to a comprehensive plan for phasing out single-use plastic packaging from its stores. This follows a March 2021 letter signed by more than 130 advocacy and community groups calling on the national supermarket chain to adopt a bold response to the plastic pollution crisis.

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Statement: Landmark FTC report calls for action on Right to Repair

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report today on manufacturers' use of restrictive repair tactics that have kept consumers from repairing their own products.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Dangerous secrets: Popular cosmetics brands fail to disclose ingredients

A new report that surveys nearly 1,000 personal care products from 26 popular cosmetics companies finds that many of these companies are doing a poor job informing the public on what ingredients are going into their products, hiding potentially toxic chemicals from consumers.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Coalition Praises Utility Accountability Reforms in Gov. Pritzker’s Consumers and Climate First Act

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday unveiled the Consumers and Climate First Act, an energy bill that both sets ambitious clean energy goals and highlights much-needed utility ethics and accountability reform. The bill would mandate many of the same reforms included in the Take Our Power Back coalition platform. These include: immediately ending automatic "formula" rate hikes; ending gas utility surcharges driving up gas bills; pursuing restitution for ComEd customers; stopping utilities from pushing the cost of charitable donations onto customers; requiring a third-party, independent audit of ComEd and Ameren’s grids and grid investments under formula rates; and establishing integrated grid planning, giving communities a seat at the table when it comes to our clean energy future.

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