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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, U.S. 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. 

Electronic waste is destroying the planet, but we can fix that

By | Anne Marie Green
Right to Repair Campaign, Associate

Environmental advocates support ‘Right to Repair’ legislation

Recapping our United States Against Plastic rally

By | Haley Clinton
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

U.S. PIRG and Environment America went on a virtual road trip to discuss policies to combat the plastic pollution crisis

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Cross-country virtual road trip puts fight against plastic pollution on the map

DENVER — U.S. PIRG and Environment America hosted a virtual road trip Friday with state representatives and senators from across the country to celebrate and discuss dozens of policies to combat the plastic pollution crisis. The nationwide rally touched on efforts to hold companies, such as Whole Foods, accountable for their contribution to the problem, as well as highlighting groundbreaking federal legislation such as the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Students host hundreds of local actions for Youth Earth Week

BOSTON - The Student PIRGs, a student environmental organizing group, is partnering with local organizations, student governments and elected officials to host in-person and virtual actions to celebrate Youth Earth Week, a national effort of more than 250 actions around the country to protect the environment, from April 19 to 23.

Plastic waste solutions hiding in plain sight: Single-use plastic product bans

By | Haley Clinton
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

This blog is the first in a series examining policy solutions to the plastic pollution crisis that are proven and replicable. This section covers single-use plastic product bans.

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