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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 | CoPIRG Foundation | Consumer Tips

New report: the hidden costs of peer-to-peer payment apps

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.

News Release | CoPIRG | Public Health

After recall of baby food with arsenic, CoPIRG calls on Congress to Pass Baby Food Safety Act of 2021

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. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Broad Right to Repair bill introduced in Congress

Consumer, environmental, repair advocates cheer Rep. Morelle’s new bill to help Americans fix modern products 

News Release | Consumer Protection

Senate confirms Lina Khan as Federal Trade Commission commissioner

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Columbia University Professor Lina Khan, a noted antitrust and anti-monopoly law expert, as a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner. U.S. PIRG supported President Joe Biden's nomination of Khan to the FTC and called on senators to confirm her based on her almost unparalleled qualifications. 

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