Ohio PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

This year’s brands are overwhelmed with record amounts of accumulated overstock because of COVID-19 lockdowns. All that clothing has to go somewhere if it’s not being sold.

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

The world’s top plastic polluter — for the third year in a row — is missing a huge opportunity to reduce its waste footprint.

For the third year in a row, the list of the largest plastic polluters in the world remains pretty much the same. According to the 2020 Brand Audit Report by Break Free From Plastic, the corporations responsible for polluting the greatest amount of plastic waste are, in order: The Coca-Cola Company; PepsiCo; Nestlé; Unilever; Mondelez International; Mars, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Philip Morris International; Colgate-Palmolive; and Perfetti Van Melle.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. We want to take this time to talk about cancer prevention, and how protecting consumers and the environment from toxic chemicals is one way we can get closer to a cancer-free world.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In January, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority fined the dating app Grindr over $11 million for violating its users' privacy. In January 2020, U.S. PIRG and others had asked the FTC to investigate Grindr and other dating and health apps, but the agency has not taken action. In other news: January 2021, our coalition also asked the FTC to investigate the alleged difficulty of cancelling an Amazon Prime membership. Oh, and we've also urged Senate leaders not to give BigTech lobbyists any senior antitrust jobs!

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Danielle Melgar
Make It Toxic Free Campaign, Advocate

Plastic is a problem not just for our environment, but also for our health. Chemicals used to make plastics anti-microbial, flame retardant, and more, can be toxic.

2021 is shaping up to be a big year for our efforts to secure your right to fix your stuff.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Shortages improved during the fall but worsened in December

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Danielle Melgar
Make It Toxic Free Campaign, Advocate

McDonald’s just committed to phasing out PFAS-treated food packaging from its restaurants globally by 2025. Other restaurants, like Burger King and Wendy’s, should follow its lead.

With vaccines here, it may soon be time to reschedule vacations and other trips for later this year