Solid Waste

Every year, Amazon destroys unsold and returned products by the millions. It's the pinnacle of unnecessary waste, and it has to stop.

Channel your inner Woodsy Owl, the original zero-waste influencer

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Celebrating my favorite government mascot’s 50th birthday by sharing the zero-waste tips I have made a part of my life.

It’s the plastics industry’s worst-kept secret: a huge percentage of their products are designed to be used once then thrown away -- and yet it’s us, the consumers, who are left to pay for the cleanup.

Shareholders push back against Microsoft’s backwards stance on repair

By | Nathan Proctor
Senior Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

As Microsoft joins the $2 trillion club, a shareholder group presses for Right to Repair 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Statement: Target’s new plastic packaging goal is a step in the right direction

The Fortune 50 retailer Target announced a new goal Tuesday to reduce its use of virgin plastic 20 percent by 2025 across its own brand frequency products. It is part of a new sustainability strategy called Target Forward and covers such key categories as household cleaning, personal care and beauty.

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.

From Earth Day ‘20 to Earth Day ‘21: 10 zero waste highlights

By | Faye Park
President, PIRG; Executive Vice President, The Public Interest Network

This pandemic year intensified both our waste generation and our grasp of its unsustainability.

Angry crafting moms blow up Cricut subscription ploy

By | Anne Marie Green
Right to Repair Campaign, Associate

Unrestrained by the Right to Repair, companies test the boundaries of ownership. People are pushing back, and recently forced the craft device maker Cricut to abandon a change to its terms of use. 

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