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Trouble in Toyland 2021: Counterfeit toys evade safety rules, endanger children

As millions of Americans purchase toys before the year ends, they can take comfort in the improvement of toy safety in recent years thanks to hard work from consumer advocates, elected officials, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the industry itself. 

But, even with the advances in toy safety, dangerous toys still can and do end up on the market, largely because of counterfeits and recalled toys still available.

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36th annual Trouble in Toyland report exposes risks of counterfeit and other dangerous toys

Even though legitimate toymakers deserve kudos for making many of their products safer over the years, too often, Americans end up buying dangerous toys for children for the holidays.

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Think globally, act locally: new electric vehicle toolkit for local governments

To successfully address the challenges under discussion at the U.N. climate change conference COP26, the United States needs to clean up its top source of global warming emissions: transportation. Transitioning to electric vehicles needs to be a key part of any plan. As Congress debates major EV infrastructure investment, a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group shows that state and local governments can pave the way for cleaner transportation.

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A local toolkit to encourage EV adoption

Local governments have an important role to play in making clean transportation a reality. Every day, local governments make decisions about municipal purchasing, the use of public streets and parking garages, planning and zoning, and other issues that can either make it easier or more difficult for their residents to own an EV. By using a set of key tools to encourage EV adoption, local governments can help clean up the air in their communities and take meaningful action against global warming. 

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Let’s ‘Buy Less, Give More’ this holiday season

We've put together 10 ideas for holiday gifts that people will definitely use and appreciate, and, in some cases, will help create new memories. As an added bonus, they’re better for the environment than buying random stuff.

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News Release | US PIRG Education Fund

Let’s ‘Buy Less, Give More’ this holiday season

We've put together 10 ideas for holiday gifts that people will definitely use and appreciate, and, in some cases, will help create new memories. As an added bonus, they’re better for the environment than buying random stuff.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

2021 Brand Audit report shows why companies need to make less plastic packaging

DENVER -- The Break Free From Plastic movement released on Monday its fourth annual global Brand Audit report for 2021. The audit found that the top plastic-polluting corporations of 2021 are the same major beverage and consumer goods companies that have topped the list in previous years


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News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Onions identified as cause of nationwide Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday evening that a nationwide Salmonella outbreak stems at least in part from whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed in this country by ProSource Inc.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund & Environment America Research and Policy Center

Thousands urge EPA to protect waterways from pollution

Thousands call on the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to protect our drinking water and reduce two major sources of pollution: toxic PFAS "forever chemicals" and waste from slaughterhouses.

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News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

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Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Make the ringing stop

Research by PIRG Education Fund shows that among 49 of the largest phone companies nationwide (those that can serve 1 million or more), only 16 have reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they have completely implemented anti-robocall technology. What does this mean? It means the industry isn’t doing nearly as much as hoped to fight the crime that for years has caused so much heartache and aggravation among consumers nationwide.

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Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

The CFPB Turns 10

This report recaps the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s results for consumers over the past 10 years, the steps taken to return the CFPB back to its mission after three years of retrograde decisions under the Trump Administration, and our recommendations for CFPB action moving forward.

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Report | US PIRG Education Fund | Antibiotics

Chain Reaction VI

The Chain Reaction VI report and scorecard ranks America’s top restaurant chains on their policies relating to antibiotic use in their beef supply chains. 

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Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Financial Reform

Virtual Wallets, Real Complaints

New report documents consumer complaints to the CFPB about digital wallets and peer-to-peer (P2P) apps.

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Blocking Rooftop Solar

Solar power is helping move the United States toward a future of 100% renewable energy, while reducing global warming pollution, cleaning up the air in our communities, and empowering homeowners and business owners to generate their own electricity.

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Presenting your non-traditional present | Mark Morgenstein

You as a gift-giver can still get the vicarious thrill of your recipient’s joy. You just need to be creative in how you present your present.

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Guide to non-traditional gifts: Classes to learn a skill or just have fun | Teresa Murray

If someone enrolled us in a class and paid for it, we might finally try something new

 

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Guide to non-traditional holiday gifts: There are a host of tasks and chores we can offer | Teresa Murray

Some of us don’t want strangers in our home to do things we used to hire out, from babysitting our children to cleaning our windows

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Guide to non-traditional gifts: Arts and crafts don't require much money | Isabel Brown

Many of these great holiday gifts can be “found art”

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Guide to non-traditional gifts: Upcycle by taking 'trash' and converting it into something nice | Isabel Brown

This is different from mending or fixing something because the goal is to make something entirely new.

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How to spot an unfixable bike designed for the dump

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

More than 125 medical professionals organized by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund sent a letter to McDonald’s Thursday urging the company to meet its 2018 commitment to reduce antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. The coalition delivered the letter at the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week to stress the urgency of taking action to stop overusing our life-saving medicines in agriculture. Otherwise, the drugs may no longer heal sick people. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

The holiday season often entails spending a lot of hours in the kitchen cooking. As millions of Americans prepare holiday meals to share with their families, a new guide from PIRG’s research partner PIRG Education Fund offers tips on how to minimize unhealthy air pollution from cooking with gas in your home.

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

This guide describes the potential health risks of cooking with gas and provides tips on how to mitigate those risks and keep your family safe during the holidays. 

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Apple reversed its longstanding policy against selling spare parts, providing repair instructions, and making repair software tools available to customers.

Solid Waste

New federal bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

On Feb. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal introduced legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastics, which commonly end up clogging our landfills and polluting our environment. It also provides funding for recycling and composting infrastructure, and would shift the financial burden of managing waste and recyclables from town and city governments to the manufacturers.

 

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