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U.S. PIRG and Environment America Praise Kroger’s Plan To Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags by 2025

 

Today, Kroger Co. announced its plan to phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its 15 brands of grocery stores by 2025, starting with Seattle-based QFC in 2019. Kroger is America’s largest grocery-only chain and the first major chain to make that type of pledge.

Making our devices more fixable with ecodesign

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

A conversation with Restart Project Co-Founder Ugo Vallauri about progress around ecodesign in Europe and how that connects to Right to Repair in the United States

News Release | Environment America | Solid Waste

Environment America and U.S. PIRG praise Starbucks’ decision to ditch plastic straws

 

Today, coffee giant Starbucks announced that it would eliminate single-use plastic straws from all of its locations globally by 2020. In a Tweet, the company said the move would eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from its stores.

Apple was fined in Australia for disabling phones which were independently repaired, in a victory for Right to Repair advocates. 

On June 14,  U.S. PIRG’s Nathan Proctor delivered more than 11,000 petitions to Microsoft offices, calling for greater accountability for electronic waste disposal and easier access to the tools and information needed to repair products.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Solid Waste

World Health Organization finds increased cancer risk for chemical found in plastics

After years of debate and evidence collection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just reclassified styrene from being a “possible carcinogen” to a “probable carcinogen.” Styrene is a chemical building block of polystyrene, the plastic material used to make styrofoam and many other plastic products.

Why Banning Plastics Is The Solution to our Plastic Problem

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Banning single-use plastics is a better solution that taxing them or trying to recycle them. Doing so is more effective and feasible in reducing plastic pollution.

States Have A Chance To Throw Out Polystyrene Foam In 2018

By | Alex Truelove
Director, Zero Waste Campaign

Sure, it keeps your coffee hot. But polystyrene foam, what most of us call Styrofoam, is clogging our landfills, littering our streets, and polluting our parks, rivers and oceans. Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our environment for hundreds of years. It’s time to say goodbye to take-out plastic foam cups and containers.

Right to Repair Advances in Illinois as Apple Runs into More Repair Issues

Our Right to Repair campaign’s goal is to pass reforms at the state level across the country to give us what we need to fix our stuff. In 2018, propelled by news of battery issues on iPhones and more, we’re making progress. 

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