Consumer Protection | U.S. PIRG
Report shows how campus debit cards — along with how they are marketed — are putting students' financial well-being at risk across the country.
Antibiotics | U.S. PIRG
A recent estimate suggests that as many as 162,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections every year. Wendy's can help protect our life-saving medicines if it stops serving beef raised on routine antibiotics.
Solid Waste | U.S. PIRG
Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of trash headed to landfills is to ban items such as plastic foam cups and takeout containers.
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On Earth Day, Senators Mike Foote, Rhonda Fields and Lois Court voted to pass SB19-243 out of Colorado’s Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and onto the full Senate. SB19-243 would eliminate the use of to-go food containers made of polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. Senators Jerry Sonnenberg and Vicki Marble voted against the bill.
This Earth Day, members of Colorado’s Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will vote on SB19-243, a bill which would eliminate the use of to-go food containers made of polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam. The bill is sponsored by Senators Moreno and Foote, and Representatives Singer and Cutter.
Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock n’Play baby sleepers on Friday. U.S. PIRG Consumer Watchdog Adam Garber issued a response: "“While we’re pleased that Fisher-Price is finally recalling these dangerous sleepers, 30 deaths in 10 years is 30 deaths too many and 10 years too late."
A new report from the CoPIRG Foundation finds that since 2015, a local electronics recycler has had to scrap 66,000 donated but reusable phones because of activation locks, a feature that is increasingly being used by phone manufacturers. The data comes from The Wireless Alliance, an electronics recycler based in Colorado that receives millions of donated phones from across the country every year and underscores how activation locks are undermining the used phone marketplace and unnecessarily contributing to electronic waste.
Donating phones to be reused can reduce electronic waste and save consumers money by fostering a robust used phone marketplace. Unfortunately, the rise of activation locks is leading to the scrapping of tens of thousands of perfectly reusable phones, which fuels the production of more new phones and the pollution that comes with that.