Fort Collins voters have decided to ban disposable plastic bags at large grocers and place a 12-cent fee on paper bags. CoPIRG applauds the new policy and is urging the state Legislature to phase out single-use plastic bags, along with polystyrene food containers and cups, across Colorado.
At the second annual (and first virtual) Plastic Pollution Youth Lobby Day, more than 400 students from across the state urged their legislators support the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Among other necessary policies, the legislation will set clear deadlines for restaurants and retailers to phase out single-use plastics.
Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill dedicating an additional $30 million to Colorado’s Safer Main Streets and Revitalizing Main Streets programs. Funded projects will range from sidewalk and other pedestrian improvements, to upgraded safety at intersections and new paths that provide safer space for biking.
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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.
Consumer complaints about peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps such as PayPal, Venmo and Square have surged during the pandemic year. In April, there were 970 digital wallet complaints — almost double the previous monthly high from July 2020. CoPIRG Foundation analyzed this growing problem for Virtual Wallets, Real Complaints, a new analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) Consumer Complaint Database.
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In the wake of Beech-Nut’s discovery of high levels of arsenic in its single-grain rice cereal and its decision to recall and stop selling the products, CoPIRG is calling on Colorado’s congressional delegation to support the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.