Current Actions

  • Tell your New York assembly member: Advance Right to Repair

    The Fair Repair Act, sponsored by Assemblymember Pat Fahy, would cut waste and save consumers money by removing barriers to fixing electronics -- but only if we can get it out of the Assembly.

    Tell your state assembly member to help reduce e-waste and protect consumers by calling for a floor vote on Right to Repair.

  • Thank Sen. Braun for co-sponsoring a law to protect us from unsafe dietary supplements

    Up to 80,000 dietary supplements fill our store shelves. But the FDA has no power to require the manufacturers to tell it what products they are selling and what the ingredients are. That's why Sen. Braun (Ind.) is co-sponsoring a bill to change that.

    But the industry isn't happy about sharing information on their ingredients, and it's pressuring members of Congress to back away from the bill. Tell Sen. Braun that we need his continued leadership to win this change.

  • Tell Costco: It's time to move beyond plastic packaging

    Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek,

    We, the undersigned, urge you to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

    The plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our health and to our environment. Certain chemicals found in plastic pollutants can disrupt endocrine systems, interfere with brain development, and cause cancer and birth defects.

    To have a large and lasting impact, we're going to need supermarket stores like Costco to commit to getting rid of needless plastic. This will set a bold example for others in the industry to follow.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. Please do all you can to curb Costco's plastic use.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: No half-measures on asbestos

    Docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2021-0057

    EPA Administrator Michael Regan,

    While I applaud the EPA for moving to ban toxic chrysotile asbestos, I strongly urge you to amend the proposed ban to include the other five types of asbestos: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite and tremolite.

    These other forms are no less dangerous than the one the current proposed rule would ban. The well-established links between asbestos and cancer apply to all six types of this toxic mineral, wherever they are found. Please take this crucial step for Americans' health and ban all forms of asbestos, not just one.

  • Support the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act

    Why should we continue to allow the use of firefighting foam full of toxic "forever chemicals" when safer alternatives exist? This bill will help protect our health and the environment from PFAS chemicals. Tell your U.S. senators to support the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act.

  • Tell Columbia Sportswear: Ban Toxic PFAS in outdoor gear and clothing

    Camping season is fast approaching. Many of us are gearing up for summer camping trips, hikes through the woods, and enjoying days at the local swimming spot. But what many outdoor enthusiasts don't realize is that there are toxic substances lurking in a lot of the gear we use to enjoy the great outdoors.

    In fact, this class of dangerous chemicals, known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is found in everything from hiking boots and rain jackets to tents and climbing ropes -- and too many companies aren't acting quickly enough to protect their customers.

    The lifecycle of a product like a waterproof jacket exposes people to harmful "forever chemicals" at every turn, and Columbia Sportswear has the opportunity to be a leader in the movement away from PFAS.

    Join us in calling on Columbia Sportswear to commit to phasing out the use of all PFAS in its supply chain and products by 2024.

  • Tell President Biden: Sign the Safe Sleep for Babies Act into law today

    After more than 200 infant deaths, the U.S. Senate recently moved to save babies' lives by passing the Safe Sleep for Babies Act. The law will designate inclined sleepers and crib bumpers as hazardous and ban them under the Consumer Product Safety Act.

    We're calling on President Biden to sign this act into law to safeguard babies.

    Add your name today to urge President Biden to sign this crucial act.

  • Tell your state senator: Support producer responsibility legislation today

    The plastics industry makes it all but impossible to avoid bringing disposable plastic products into your home -- and its business model leaves you on the hook for paying to dispose of them.

    We didn't create these products that are designed to become waste -- the plastic producers did, and they should be the ones that are financially responsible for managing it.

    Join us in calling on your state senator to put this financial responsibility back on the producers of plastics themselves by implementing producer responsibility programs today.

  • Every state should do more to protect consumers from abusive towing

    As driving picks up, so does the threat of towing. Reports of predatory towing practices such as kickbacks are on the rise. Only one-third of states have laws prohibiting kickbacks to property owners or law enforcement. Some states have good protections on many issues; others have almost no protection laws. Every state can strengthen its consumer protection laws so that drivers who park improperly face consequences that are fair and transparent.

  • Call on Apple today to follow through with its Right to Repair commitment

    Back in November, Apple announced an additional repair option for customers: a self-repair option. The new Self Service Repair will give customers with broken products access to the manuals, parts and tools necessary to fix their iPhones.

    The problem is that Apple has yet to follow through with this commitment, which was set to roll out in early 2022. Our country can't afford to stay in this toxic buy-break-rebuy cycle, which is why we're calling on Apple to follow through with its Right to Repair commitments. Add your name today.

  • It's time for McDonald's to follow through on its antibiotics commitment

    McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski:

    Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" sicken millions of Americans each year, and kill tens of thousands. One of the primary ways these dangerous bacteria develop is through the overuse of our medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture.

    More than three years ago, your company committed to help stop the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in food agriculture by setting clear targets on reducing the use of these lifesaving medicines in your beef supply chain.

    I strongly urge you to follow through on your commitment and begin phasing out medically important antibiotics from your beef operations.

  • Tell Congress: We can't miss this chance to electrify the Postal Service

    Clean electric vehicles are ready to roll across the country -- and the transition can't happen fast enough, given the ways tailpipe pollution harms our health and our planet. Each year, this pollution cuts short an estimated 58,000 lives in the U.S. and increases the risk of severe health issues such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.

    It makes no sense for the Postal Service to enact its current plan to lock in polluting vehicles for decades to come, rather than investing in a new fleet of clean electric vehicles -- especially after the Postal Service's own Inspector General found that 99% of routes could already be served by electric vehicles and that EVs are much cheaper in the long run.

    Fortunately, our leaders in Congress have a chance to stop this plan in its tracks. Will you send an urgent message today telling your U.S. House representative to support the Green Postal Service Fleet Act?

  • It's time to let Minnesotans fix our electronics

    We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills.

    We should give every consumer and small business access to the parts, tools and service information they need to repair products by passing Right to Repair reforms in Minnesota. Send a message to your state representative today.

  • Tell Costco: It's time to move beyond plastic packaging

    Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek,

    We, the undersigned, urge you to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

    The plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our health and to our environment. Certain chemicals found in plastic pollutants can disrupt endocrine systems, interfere with brain development, and cause cancer and birth defects.

    To have a large and lasting impact, we're going to need supermarket stores like Costco to commit to getting rid of needless plastic. This will set a bold example for others in the industry to follow.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. Please do all you can to curb Costco's plastic use.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the U.S. Senate: You want strong consumer watchdogs

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a lesser known federal agency, but one that does incredibly important work. The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. In other words, they make sure the things we purchase and use everyday are safe.

    Currently, the CPSC has four of five Commissioner slots filled. President Biden has nominated a qualified candidate with years of experience working in senior level positions at the agency, but she is still awaiting confirmation by the full senate. In order for the CPSC to effectively fulfill this mission, a full complement of commissioners is essential. Help ensure a strong consumer watchdog can fulfill its mission to the American public by asking your senators to support Mary Boyle's nomination today.

  • Tell the Nebraska Senate to give farmers the right to repair

    The rise of software in tractors has allowed manufacturers to lock farmers and independent mechanics out of making many repairs. This has reduced competition in the repair market, placing farmers at the whims of dealership technicians. In the process, farmers lose time and money that they can't afford to waste.

    We need to pass the Agricultural Equipment Right-To-Repair Act (LB 543), introduced by Nebraska Senator Tom Brandt (Plymouth), to give farmers the repair relief they deserve. Contact your senator today.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: Support the Fair Repair Act

    When something breaks, you need it fixed, but manufacturer-approved repair shops are expensive and often pressure you to just buy a new device.

    You shouldn't have to replace your stuff the moment it starts to break. Tell your U.S. senators to support the Fair Repair Act to protect consumers like you and me from monopolistic practices.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: Support a ban on single-use plastic products in national parks

    Of all the plastic ever created, 70% of it is no longer in use -- sitting in landfills or polluting the natural environment around us. If there's one thing many Americans agree on, it's that single-use plastics don't belong in our national parks.

    Tell your U.S. senators: Support a ban on single-use plastic products in our national parks.

  • Take action to put a stop to "junk fees"

    There's no worse feeling than getting surprised by a "junk fee," or paying extra for part of a service you thought would already be covered. If you're tired of paying these "junk fees," now is your chance to act.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is accepting public comments until April 11, as the agency works on a plan for ending "junk fees" in the financial marketplace.

    Send your message today -- and add a personal note if you have a story about how "junk fees" have harmed you and your family.

  • Tell your governor: Ban single-use polystyrene foam products

    In a single year, Americans throw out 25 billion polystyrene foam cups, some of which became part of the 8 million tons of plastic dumped in our waterways every year.

    Polystyrene foam products are made with petroleum and a host of other highly polluting ingredients. They're essentially non-recyclable, and they can even leach toxic chemicals into our food and drink. Less than 3% of polystyrene foam is ever recycled.

    We're calling on your governor to take bold action and ban single-use polystyrene foam products once and for all. Will you join us in calling for a zero-waste future?

  • Tell your senators: Support a ban on single-use plastic products in national parks

    Of all the plastic ever created, 70% of it is no longer in use -- sitting in landfills or polluting the natural environment around us. If there's one thing many Americans agree on, it's that single-use plastics don't belong in our national parks. And PIRG agrees too.

    Tell your U.S. senators: Support a ban on single-use plastic products in our national parks.

  • Tell the FDA: Protect public health by eliminating antibiotic overuse on factory farms

    FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf:

    Nearly two-thirds of the antibiotics sold in the United States that are considered important to human medicine actually go to meat producers -- a practice that imposes long-term costs on public health by breeding drug-resistant bacteria that can escape from farms and make people sick.

    We know that efforts to stop antibiotic overuse work. A recent study in Canada highlighted how eliminating prophylactic use of antibiotics can reduce the development of some antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food animals, and the past few years have seen a major shift away from antibiotic use in the U.S. chicken industry.

    But there's much more that needs to be done. Without bold action, the global death toll for antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" could be up to 10 million annually by 2050. We, the undersigned, urge you to eliminate preventative use of medically important antibiotics in food animal production in the U.S.

  • Tell the U.S. Postal Service: We should be investing in clean electric vehicles, not dirty diesel ones

    To the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service:

    We, the undersigned, urge the Postal Service to invest in an all-electric delivery fleet, rather than spending billions on new gas-powered vehicles.

    Electric mail trucks will make our communities and our air quality cleaner and healthier while slashing fuel costs at the same time. And in fact, electrifying the Postal Service's fleet is a key element of the Biden administration's plan to replace its federal fleet of 600,000 cars and trucks with electric vehicles and slash the government's carbon emissions by 65% by 2030.

    Therefore, it makes no sense for the Postal Service to enact a plan that would lock in polluting, gas-powered vehicles for decades to come. We ask that you listen to the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House, and thousands of citizens across the country and put the $11 billion in new Postal Service funding toward electric vehicles, not dirty diesel ones.

  • Tell your legislators: Protect public health by banning toxic PFAS

    PFAS chemicals are used in some food packaging, where they can leach out of the packaging, into the food, and then into our bodies. Research has linked PFAS to serious health risks, including liver damage, birth defects and cancer. To make matters worse, PFAS have been nicknamed "forever chemicals" because they don't break down in our bodies or in the environment.

    We should be phasing out PFAS wherever possible, starting with our food packaging. Send a message to your state legislators now, telling them to ban toxic PFAS.

  • Tell your governor: Transition to all-electric city and school buses by 2030 to protect public health and mitigate climate change.

    Across the country, Americans of all ages rely on buses to get them safely from home to work, from school to home, or any number of places in between. But buses powered by diesel gas pose a serious risk to public health and contribute to climate change. By transitioning to all-electric buses, we can eliminate 7.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year while simultaneously improving the health of our communities.

    We're calling for all school and public transit buses to be electric by 2030, and we're seeing significant progress -- clean buses are already starting to roll across the country. Send a message to your governor today.

  • Fix Credit Reporting: Pass The Comprehensive CREDIT Act

    Help build momentum for the Comprehensive CREDIT Act by asking your representative to cosponsor it. Adding your voice will show legislators that their constituents want action on reforming the credit bureaus.

  • Support farmers and their right to repair

    Farmers work hard every day to feed families across the country. We can't let equipment manufacturers continue unfair practices and take advantage of family farms.

    A new bill could grant farmers the right to repair their own equipment. Introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.), this bill could be our best chance to win farmers the right to repair, saving time and money they can't afford to lose.

    Tell your U.S. senators to support the Agriculture Right to Repair Act to protect family farms.

  • Tell Whole Foods to get single-use plastic packaging off its shelves

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

    Our country's plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our communities and environment -- for example, we're on pace to put more than 53 million metric tons of plastic into our oceans and waterways each year by 2030.

    If we're going to turn the tide on plastic waste, we need prominent supermarket chains such as Whole Foods to play a major role. Whole Foods can make an impact right now by setting a bold example on plastic waste reduction that others in the industry can follow -- and that starts with getting rid of harmful, unnecessary single-use plastics.

    We urge you to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

  • Tell the DOT: Travelers need refunds for canceled flights

    We want travelers to be able to get refunds for flights that are canceled. Tell the Department of Transportation to push for change by sending a message today.

  • Add your name to strengthen key protections against food safety hazards

    Docket No. FDA-2021-N-0471

    The CDC estimates that every year, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases in this country. Our food safety systems do too little to prevent these illnesses (such as the two recent listeria outbreaks that have killed three Americans and hospitalized 22 since 2014) before they can harm us.

    But it doesn't have to be that way. The FDA's proposed revisions to the Food Safety Modernization Act would better protect Americans from foodborne illnesses by strengthening agricultural water requirements. I urge the agency to implement the strongest standards possible for the safety of our food.

  • Polluters should pay to clean up toxic waste

    The cleanup of our country's most dangerous toxic waste sites, which are managed by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Superfund" program, has slowed to a crawl. At the same time, more than half of all Superfund toxic waste sites are vulnerable to increasingly severe weather hazards, which can spread contamination into nearby communities.

    That's why we need Congress to pass the "polluter pays" tax on petroleum to fund the Superfund program, speed up the cleanup process, and ensure that no one lives in a community threatened by toxic waste.

  • PÍDALE A BEST BUY QUE AYUDE A PROTEGERNOS DE LA CONTAMINACIÓN DE LAS ESTUFAS DE GAS.

    Querido Corie Barry, director ejecutivo de Best Buy,

    Las estufas de gas emiten en nuestros hogares contaminantes perjudiciales para la salud, lo que representa un riesgo significativo para nuestros niños. Los consumidores merecen que se les informe de estos riesgos al comprar una estufa nueva, esto con el fin de que podamos tomar decisiones informadas con respecto a nuestros hogares y nuestra salud. Best Buy tiene la responsabilidad de educar a los consumidores sobre los riesgos para la salud asociados con los productos que ustedes venden. Estoy pidiéndole a Best Buy que haga lo correcto y que proteja a los consumidores poniendo etiquetas informativas de advertencia en todas las estufas de gas.

    Sinceramente,

  • Tell the EPA: Ban dangerous, drifting dicamba

    The toxic weed killer dicamba drifts away from the fields where it's sprayed, putting other crops, wild plants, and our health at risk. It's time for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban this chemical once and for all to protect our health.

  • End Fossil Fuel Financing: Pass the Fossil Free Finance Act

    Too many of our largest banks are fueling climate change by continuing to lend to big, dirty fossil fuel projects. The longer that our nation's largest banks keep financing dirty fossil fuel projects, the more they set us up for a large-scale, climate-induced economic collapse.

    That must change.

    Please ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Fossil Free Finance Act. Adding your voice will help build public pressure to end Wall Street's continued financing of fossil fuel emissions.

  • Ask Best Buy to help protect us from gas stove pollution.

    Dear Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy,

    Gas stoves emit health-harming pollutants into our homes, posing a significant risk to our children. Consumers deserve to be made aware of these risks when purchasing a new stove in order to make informed decisions regarding our homes and health. Best Buy has a responsibility to educate consumers on the health risks associated with the products you sell. I'm calling on Best Buy to do the right thing and protect consumers by putting informational warning labels on all gas stoves.

    Sincerely,

  • Help hold plastic producers responsible

    The United States is the world's worst plastic producer, generating approximately 42 million metric tons of plastic waste every year. That's the equivalent of 286 pounds for every person in America.

    We envision a different reality. Producer responsibility legislation can curb plastic waste by requiring the companies making plastic to shoulder the costs of recycling and waste disposal programs in their state.

  • Call on your House representative to support the REDUCE Act

    The U.S. is the largest global source of plastic waste, including plastics shipped to other countries, according to a new study. Together, we have a chance to drop down the list of plastic waste-makers.

    The U.S. House is considering legislation that will force plastic makers to pay a fee for using virgin plastic and create a fund to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic, not make more of it. Tell your representative to pass the REDUCE Act today.

  • Tell the EPA to regulate factory farm pollution

    Large-scale factory farms and confined feedlot operations have become the biggest source of water pollution in the United States. The massive amounts of fertilizer, animal waste and other pollutants not only foul our waterways but can contain chemicals like ammonia and methane -- which are harmful to human health and the climate.

    Will you join us in calling on the EPA to regulate factory farm pollution?

  • Tell Congress: Pass the Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act

    Right now, it's illegal for a candidate for office to accept foreign campaign contributions. But that rule doesn't apply to campaigns to pass ballot initiatives, even though they too are a crucial part of our democratic process.

    The bipartisan Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act would give state and local ballot initiatives the same protections as candidate elections. It's a crucial step toward a better, more secure democracy, and your federal lawmakers need to hear from you.

    Send a message today telling your U.S. House representative to support this crucial bill and keep our elections free from foreign influence.

  • Tell Whole Foods to get single-use plastic packaging off its shelves

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

    Our country's plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our communities and environment -- for example, we're on pace to put more than 53 million metric tons of plastic into our oceans and waterways each year by 2030.

    If we're going to turn the tide on plastic waste, we need prominent supermarket chains such as Whole Foods to play a major role. Whole Foods can make an impact right now by setting a bold example on plastic waste reduction that others in the industry can follow -- and that starts with getting rid of harmful, unnecessary single-use plastics.

    We urge you to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

  • Tell the EPA: Getting lead out of drinking water is crucial to the health of children

    More than 24 million kids are at risk of being exposed to lead, a potent neurotoxin that affects how children think, learn and behave. Lead is so toxic that the Academy of Pediatrics recommends a health standard of no more than 1 part per billion.

    From Ohio to Massachusetts, lead leaching from old pipes and service lines wreaks havoc on school systems everywhere. PIRG has seen reports of school faucets leaching 22,400 parts per billion. These cases are likely just the tip of the iceberg. Most schools have at least some lead in their pipes, plumbing, faucets or drinking fountains. And where there's lead, there's risk of contamination.

    Strong action is needed to create a healthier world for our kids, and I applaud the EPA for proposing a new plan to address these concerns. We have a real chance here to get the lead out of the drinking water for millions of kids and we need to capitalize on this opportunity. I urge you to take the necessary steps to get lead out of children's drinking water.

  • Big Banks: Eliminate Your Overdraft Fees

    Urge the three biggest banks -- JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo -- to follow Capital One's lead by eliminating all of their overdraft fees.

  • Tell Amazon: Stop using single-use plastic packaging

    To Amazon CEO Andy Jassy,

    Amazon creates an enormous amount of plastic waste with single-use packaging that we just don't need. Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans and harming our communities, and the problem is only getting worse.

    I urge you to cut out plastic packaging to help end the waste crisis.

    Sincerely,

  • End Fossil Fuel Financing: Pass the Fossil Free Finance Act

    Please ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Fossil Free Finance Act. Adding your voice will help build public pressure to end Wall Street's continued financing of fossil fuel emissions.

  • Take action: Tell your U.S. senators to end fossil fuel subsidies

    Our taxes are being used to fuel the climate crisis. Every year, the U.S. gives the fossil fuel industry $20 billion in tax breaks, incentives, and subsidies. Globally, fossil fuel subsidies amount to $5.9 trillion.

    The Build Back Better Act passed by the House of Representatives repeals $86 billion worth of international fossil fuel subsidies. This money will be able to go to implementing programs that incentivize clean, renewable energy. Now, we need the Senate to pass the bill in order to make it law.

    Our tax dollars shouldn't be propping up an industry that's contributing to global warming. We're calling on Congress to end these subsidies -- but we need your help. Tell your U.S. senators: End fossil fuel subsidies.

  • Tell Costco: It's time to move beyond plastic packaging

    Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek,

    We, the undersigned, urge you to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

    The plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our health and to our environment. Certain chemicals found in plastic pollutants can disrupt endocrine systems, interfere with brain development, and cause cancer and birth defects.

    To have a large and lasting impact, we're going to need supermarket stores like Costco to commit to getting rid of needless plastic. This will set a bold example for others in the industry to follow.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. Please do all you can to curb Costco's plastic use.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Cutting methane emissions is crucial to the fight against climate change

    Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0317

    Every day, Americans are coming face to face with the devastating effects of climate change. And methane, which warms the planet with 80 times the strength of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere, is a major part of the problem.

    Last year, in Florida, a gas pipeline was likely the cause of a 12-mile-wide, 300-metric-ton methane cloud in the air. Over in Texas, the massive Permian oil basin represents the largest methane flux ever reported from a U.S. oil- or gas-producing region. These are just two examples of the urgent need to protect our health and our planet by curbing emissions of this dangerous gas.

    Bold action to stop polluters from freely leaking methane into the atmosphere could mean a decrease in global warming emissions equivalent to taking 200 million cars off the road for a year. So I applaud the EPA for proposing strong new standards for methane emissions, and I urge your agency to make the final rule as strict as possible.

  • Stop the use of PFAS in outdoor gear

    Winter is approaching and many Americans are starting to dust off their winter coats and winter sports equipment. But what a lot of people don't realize is that PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are used in much of this gear to make products waterproof and grease-resistant. They're even used in ski waxes to reduce friction and improve glide performance.

    The lifecycle of a product like a waterproof jacket exposes people to harmful "forever chemicals" at every turn, and REI has the opportunity to be a leader in the movement away from PFAS.

    Join us in calling on REI to lead the transition away from PFAS in its products.

  • Not first class: Airline complaints soar over refunds

    We want travelers to be able to get refunds for flights that are canceled. Tell the Department of Transportation to push for change by sending a message today.

  • Tell Costco: It's time to move beyond plastic packaging

    Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek,

    We, the undersigned, urge you to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

    The plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our health and to our environment. Certain chemicals found in plastic pollutants can disrupt endocrine systems, interfere with brain development, and cause cancer and birth defects.

    To have a large and lasting impact, we're going to need supermarket stores like Costco to commit to getting rid of needless plastic. This will set a bold example for others in the industry to follow.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. Please do all you can to curb Costco's plastic use.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act

    We would hope the products we buy online -- especially when they're for our kids -- are legitimate and trustworthy. But that's not always the case, and fake products can have real consequences.

    It's time for our leaders to step up for consumers. Right now, Congress is considering a new bill which would make it easier for you to spot counterfeit products in the online marketplace. Join us in urging Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act.

  • Tell your U.S. House representative: Support legislation to ban toxic substances from beauty and personal care products

    We should be 100% confident that the products we use every day aren't putting our health at risk. But beauty and personal care companies are still allowed to sell products that contain toxic substances -- including PFAS "forever chemicals" and formaldehyde.

    Will you join us in calling on Congress to protect Americans' health by closing this glaring regulatory gap?

  • Take action to get plastics out of national parks

    The U.S. National Parks Service manages an average of nearly 70 million pounds of waste every year. In Yellowstone National Park, plastic water bottles alone account for half of annual waste.

    Help eliminate plastic pollution from our parks by calling on your U.S. House Representative to support the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act. If passed, this bill would phase out the sale and distribution of single-use plastic products in our national parks.

  • Protect babies from toxic heavy metals in their food

    Arsenic shouldn't be in anyone's food, and it especially shouldn't be in baby food. Yet a recently released congressional report found that levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food were worse than expected.

    The report found that many baby food manufacturers don't adequately test their products for toxics, and some didn't stop selling the baby food that was known to be contaminated. By only testing for singular ingredients, several manufacturers underestimate the amount of heavy metals in their products. Tell your senators to support the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021 today.

  • Tell your senator: Support farmers' Right to Repair

    Tractor manufacturers lock farmers out of fixing their own equipment, leading to high repair costs and delays that can put farmers' crops at risk. We need to empower farmers with repair choices so that they can fix the equipment they need to grow the food that goes on our tables.

    The U.S. Senate should pass Sen. Jon Tester's Right to Repair bill to put needed repair tools in farmers' hands. Send a message to your senator now, telling them to support this important measure.

  • Tell EPA to put an end to chemical recycling

    What do you call a "solution" that only exacerbates the problem? The plastics industry calls it "chemical recycling," except it actually isn't recycling at all. Instead of repurposing old plastic (or better yet, using less plastic to begin with), chemical recycling is when plastic producers melt plastic and turn it back into fuel -- this subsequently generates more toxic emissions and worsens our climate crisis.

    Tell the EPA to regulate so-called "chemical recycling."

  • Tell Congress: Make the worst polluters pay to clean up their mess

    With the impacts of climate change already upon us, we need the funds to act. And who better to pay for much-needed climate solutions, such as solar panels and electric vehicles, than the fossil fuel giants whose emissions helped create the problem?

    "Make Polluters Pay" would require only the biggest polluters of the past 20 years to contribute to a fund based on their emissions. The plan would raise $500 billion over the next 10 years, which could go toward the climate policies needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

    Send a message to your U.S. senators today, asking them to support the "Make Polluters Pay" plan.

  • Tell Congress to pass the INFORM Act

    Counterfeit and stolen goods sold online threaten public safety, hurt legitimate businesses and waste consumers' money. The INFORM Act would allow consumers to verify basic information and contact information for high-volume third party sellers of toys and other products.

    Tell Congress to pass the INFORM Act to protect consumers from counterfeit, stolen or dangerous toys.

  • Tell the EPA to enact the strongest PFAS protections possible

    The Biden administration has just announced its plans to regulate toxic PFAS chemicals. These protections include requiring chemical manufacturers to test and publicly report on the amount of PFAS chemicals in their products.

    This is a big first step toward our ultimate goal of eliminating the presence of PFAS, but we need to make sure the agency enacts the strongest protections possible.

    Tell the EPA to authorize the strongest PFAS protections possible.

  • Stop the Debt Trap: Pass the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act

    Please take action by sending a message to your legislators to stop the debt trap and support the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act.

  • Rein In Overdraft Fees: Pass the Overdraft Protection Act

    Let your representative know you support action on overdraft fees now.

  • Fix Credit Reporting: Pass the Comprehensive CREDIT Act

    Help build momentum for the Comprehensive CREDIT Act by asking your representative to co-sponsor it. Adding your voice will show legislators across the aisle that their constituents want action on reforming the credit bureaus.

  • Share Your Story

    Have you had a problem with any of the credit bureaus or your credit reports? We are collecting stories to help drive home the need for reform with reporters and decision makers. You might also consider filing a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Stop the next oil spill: End fossil fuel subsidies

    This recent oil spill devastated much of Southern California's coastal communities. Miles of beach were stained black with oil, while dead fish and birds washed ashore and toxic fumes overwhelmed beachfront businesses.

    As much as 60% of oil resources are dependent on government subsidies. By funding the fossil fuel industry, we are funding the destruction of our communities.

    Tell your U.S. senators to end fossil fuel subsidies to protect our health and world.

  • It's time to turn off the tap on toxic PFAS chemicals.

    Right now, toxic "forever chemicals" known as PFAS are polluting our environment and doing so completely unchecked. The continued unregulated use of PFAS has become one of the most pressing environmental and public health concerns, and it impacts millions of Americans.

    The Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act will help turn off the tap and stop the flow of PFAS chemicals into our water sources and communities. If passed, this act will take crucial steps to establish necessary and stringent limits on PFAS, and support communities that have been affected by the toxic chemicals.

    Tell your U.S. senators to put an end to "forever" chemicals.

  • Tell the EPA to stop industrial dumping of toxic PFAS

    Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0547

    We, the undersigned, urge the EPA to ban the discharge of PFAS by facilities that manufacture these toxic chemicals. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility and cancer. Yet, industries have been allowed to dump PFAS into landfills and waterways, where they persist in the environment and threaten public health. In order to address this problem, we're calling on the EPA to stop industrial PFAS pollution.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell EPA Administrator Michael Regan: Ban these toxic paint strippers

    Methylene chloride can cause cancer, cognitive impairment, and even asphyxiation -- but it's still used in paint strippers, even though safer alternatives are available.

    The EPA's 2019 ban on this dangerous chemical only included the consumer use and sale of paint strippers that contain it. That means it can still be sold and used commercially, putting public health and especially workers at risk.

    It's time to get rid of methylene chloride for good. Will you send an urgent message telling the EPA to strengthen its ban on this toxic chemical?

  • Tell Congress: Protect our health and pass the Ban Asbestos Now Act

    There is overwhelming evidence that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Some estimates say it kills up to 40,000 Americans every year. Yet this toxic mineral is somehow still allowed to contaminate our homes, schools and even our products.

    Nearly 70 countries have banned asbestos. The U.S. should be one of them. Tell your U.S. senators to pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act.

  • Tell the EPA: It's time to ban dicamba

    New EPA restrictions on the use of the weed killer dicamba weren't enough to stop the pesticide from drifting across the countryside, damaging crops and threatening communities.

    It's too risky to continue using this volatile pesticide. Take action to tell the EPA that the only way to protect our farmlands and communities is with a ban.

  • Tell the EPA: Ban the worst uses of toxic neonicotinoids

    Docket #EPA-HQ-OPP-2021-0575-0001

    We, the undersigned, ask that the Environmental Protection Agency ban the pretreatment of seeds with and the consumer sale of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. These pesticides are collectively the three most used neonicotinoids and pose a huge threat to bees and the global food supply.

    Millions of bees are dying every year, and scientists point to neonicotinoids as a leading cause of this mass die-off. This is devastating not just for bees, but also for our global food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world's food.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress: Make clean, electric appliances more affordable for Americans.

    Relying on dirty gas for our appliances keeps us in the past, and it's also hurting our health. Gas stoves contribute to the pollution that's spurring the climate crisis, in addition to polluting inside our own homes. The Zero-Emission Homes Act can help make switching to clean, electric stoves and other appliances more accessible for families across the country. Send a message to your senators telling them to support the Zero-Emission Homes Act and help keep our homes clean and healthy.

  • Tell Coca-Cola to reduce its single-use plastic packaging

    Coca-Cola holds the title of the world's worst plastic polluter, polluting more than the next two worst culprits combined. Despite the company's recycled content commitment, little progress has been made to reduce plastic pollution. It's time that Coca-Cola uses its power to turn the tide on plastic waste.

  • Tell the FCC to make all phone companies follow the new caller ID law

    We're all tired of annoying and fraudulent robocalls -- but despite a new caller ID law designed to block spoofed robocalls, many carriers are not required to comply with the law until June 2023. The FCC admits that robocalls are still on the rise for some smaller providers. To stop this, companies must follow the new caller ID law now, not two years from now.

    Send a message to the FCC urging it to require all companies to comply as soon as possible.

  • Tell your U.S. senators to support fair drug pricing reform

    Senate leaders are currently debating legislation that would lower drug costs by allowing the federal government to negotiate the price of high-cost drugs. But the pharmaceutical industry isn't willing to give up its power to unilaterally set drug prices.

    Tell your U.S. senators to support drug pricing reform this week.

  • Tell Congress: Schools need more funding for clean electric buses

    Diesel school buses expose children to dangerous fumes which have been linked to asthma, cancer and respiratory illnesses. School districts need to replace these dirty diesel buses with healthier, quieter and cleaner electric buses.

    Electric school buses have already been successfully adopted in cities from Florida to North Dakota, and can actually save school districts money in the long term. Yet, many school districts still need help to afford the transition to clean electric buses.

    More federal funding for electric buses would ensure that schools across the country have the resources to protect children's health and the environment from diesel pollution.

    Tell your U.S. House representative to support $25 billion for electric school buses.

  • Keep our food safe from toxic chemicals

    Known as "everywhere chemicals," phthalates seep into our food and drinks through plastics. The Preventing Harmful Exposure to Phthalates Act would ban these chemicals from being used in anything that touches food, preventing contamination entirely.

    Tell your U.S. senators to keep our food safe by supporting the Preventing Harmful Exposure to Phthalates Act.

  • Urge your U.S. senators to support the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act

    Veterans served to protect us -- now we have an opportunity to protect them from the predatory lenders that target them with sky-high interest loans.

    The Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act (VCFCA) would cap interest rates on loans to protect consumers, especially veterans, from falling victim to exploitative lenders -- and it was just reintroduced in Congress.

    Tell your U.S. senators to support the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act today.

  • Protect our bees and our food supply

    Out of the top 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food, bees pollinate 71 of them. Yet, a billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed across the United States each year, contributing to bee-die offs with alarming consequences for our food supply.

    Neonicotinoids -- or neonics for short -- are a common class of pesticides used in agriculture as well as on our parks, lawns and gardens.On their own, neonics are already toxic to bees -- making them sick, infecting the hive and consequently harming the ability to reproduce for honeybees, forager bees and nurse bees alike.

    To save the bees and the foods they make possible, we're calling on the EPA to ban the worst uses of neonics. Add your name today.

  • Move our country toward a zero waste future

    Manufacturing new plastic products takes an enormous toll on our environment -- and too often, they're the wasteful, single-use plastic items that we don't even need.

    A new bill to penalize manufacturers for using virgin plastic would help address this problem, and it was just introduced into the U.S. Senate. It's a first step toward a nationwide move beyond plastic -- and one our leaders can and must take while also supporting efforts to address plastic pollution directly.

    Tell your senators to vote yes on the REDUCE Act -- and to take the next step by supporting policies that go even further in reducing our reliance on plastic.

  • Add your voice: Tell regulators we need strong protections from surprise medical bills

    Last year, Congress passed a PIRG-backed bill to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. Beginning in January 2022, you'll be protected from most out-of-network bills you didn't consent to.

    But if the rules have too many loopholes, the law won't protect us from these unfair surprise bills. Opponents are urging regulators to create loopholes so they can avoid the ban on surprise bills. We pay enough for health care already. We shouldn't be burdened with out-of-network charges we can't avoid.

    That's why we're urging regulators to make the rules as strong as possible to protect consumers like you and me. They're accepting comments until Sept. 7.

  • Urge your U.S. House representative: Make polluters pay to clean up toxic waste

    It's outrageous that so many of our communities are threatened by toxic waste due to Congress' failure to renew the "polluter pays" tax that once funded the Superfund cleanup program. And the potential for these sites to overflow into nearby towns reminds us just how urgent it is that our leaders act to address the problem.

    The Senate voted to make polluters pay to clean up their toxic waste. Now, we need to tell the House to do the same.

    Tell your U.S. House representative: Renew the "polluter pays" tax to protect public health and clean up dangerous toxic waste sites.

  • Airlines must refund customers for flights cancelled due to COVID-19

    Travelers who canceled their air travel plans to protect their health shouldn't have to take a financial hit for making a responsible choice. Right now, airlines still have yet to refund $10 billion of customers' money from flights canceled due to COVID-19 last year.

    The Department of Transportation's upcoming "Airline Ticket Refunds" notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) must ensure that airlines can never again deceptively steer consumers towards ticket vouchers when they have a right to a full refund because of airline-initiated flight cancellations.

    In addition, the DOT must ensure that consumers holding non-refundable tickets who cancelled travel plans because they chose not to fly during COVID due to their doctor's recommendation, local, state or federal health regulations, or other medical guidance, be provided refunds if they cannot or do not want to use the voucher they were given.

  • Add your voice: Tell regulators we need strong protections from surprise medical bills

    Last year, Congress passed a PIRG-backed bill to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. Beginning in January 2022, you'll be protected from most out-of-network bills you didn't consent to.

    But if the rules have too many loopholes, the law won't protect us from these unfair surprise bills. Opponents are urging regulators to create loopholes so they can avoid the ban on surprise bills. We pay enough for health care already. We shouldn't be burdened with out-of-network charges we can't avoid.

    That's why we're urging regulators to make the rules as strong as possible to protect consumers like you and me. They're accepting comments until September 7.

  • Tell the Interior Department: No discounts for coal companies

    Arch Resources Inc., the nation's second-largest coal company, asked the Interior Department for permission to mine federal coal at a discounted rate -- and earlier this year, the department quietly approved.

    When the government gives companies a discount on mining federal land, we pick up the bill. We have to stop subsidizing climate change with our tax dollars.

  • Tell your senators: Support this bill to clean up toxic PFAS

    PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are in everything from outdoor gear to fast food packaging -- even though they've been linked to liver and kidney problems, cancer and other serious health issues.

    Something being waterproof isn't worth toxic chemicals getting into the environment and our bodies. And that's exactly the idea behind a new federal bill, recently passed by the House, that would both help prevent more PFAS from entering our environment and clean up contamination already out there.

    Will you send a message right now urging your U.S. senators to pass the PFAS Action Act?

  • Tell your state representative: Support producer responsibility legislation

    It's the plastics industry's worst-kept secret: a huge percentage of their products are designed to be used once then thrown away -- and yet it's us, the consumers, who are left to pay to clean them up.

    With producer responsibility laws, manufacturers would be held financially responsible for the waste they create and would be required to support the collection, disposal, and cleanup of those products.

    Tell your state representative to support producer responsibility legislation.

  • Tell your senators: Pass the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021

    Nearly 200 infant deaths have been linked to inclined sleepers and crib bumpers. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that can help -- and now it's on the Senate to approve the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021.

    The Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 would categorize inclined sleepers and crib bumpers as hazardous products under the Consumer Product Safety Act. If passed, this bill will get these perilous products off the market.

    Tell your senators to support the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021.

  • Add your name: No more single-use plastics in our national parks

    Every year, the National Park Service contends with around 70 million pounds of waste -- the same weight as 155 Statues of Liberty. And single-use plastics are a huge part of the problem. A 2013 review of Yellowstone National Park found that plastic water bottles represent half of the park's entire solid waste load.

    Instead of creating unnecessary waste pollution in our national parks, let's move beyond plastic. Urge Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: Eliminate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics in national parks.

  • Support federal investment in electric school buses

    Getting to school shouldn't include a daily dose of toxic pollution. But the vast majority of the school buses our kids ride everyday run on diesel, which pollutes our communities and endangers the health of our children. There is a better option: electric school buses. These have zero tailpipe emissions, so they reduce exposure to toxic pollutants -- and because they cost less to fuel and maintain, they actually save school districts money over the course of their lifetimes.

    Right now, a bipartisan group of senators are working on legislation to invest in America's infrastructure, including electric school buses. But some are instead suggesting spending federal funds on more dirty gas-powered buses that will pollute for years.

    We shouldn't spend money on dirty buses instead of pollution-free, electric school buses. Tell your U.S. senators to oppose funding for dirty, diesel and gas-powered school buses in the infrastructure agreement.

  • Tell Amazon: Stop destroying returned and unsold products

    Amazon CEO Andy Jassy:

    A recent investigation has revealed that Amazon destroys millions of unsold or returned products every year. One former employee has said the "target" for a given warehouse could be well over 100,000 destroyed items every week.

    This has to stop. The worldwide waste crisis is posing an ever-growing threat to our communities, our planet and our health. Amazon can and must do its part to fight this problem by reusing or redistributing its unsold stock, rather than destroying it.

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  • Tell your U.S. senators to co-sponsor the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

    Single-use plastics are everywhere. But it's primarily consumers who pay for the cleanup. Instead, the companies that make products designed to be thrown away should be financially responsible for the plastic waste their products become.

    Our national network has championed the introduction of legislation that would turn that idea into federal policy. We're calling on our U.S. senators to co-sponsor this bill to slash plastic waste -- will you send a message today?

  • Add your name for bold investments in 21st century transportation

    The average commuting American spent 54 hours sitting in traffic in 2019. Vehicle crashes in our country kill more than 32,000 people a year. And transportation is America's biggest source of health-harming and climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions -- releasing 1.9 billion tons of CO2 annually.

    To address these problems, our leaders should be investing in infrastructure that makes sense for this century, not the last. After all, wouldn't you rather live in a country where it's easier to get around? Where families can bike and walk safely? Where people who do need to drive have cars that emit little to no pollution?

    The good news is that, with the House's recent passage of the INVEST in America Act, we have unprecedented legislative momentum for transforming America's transportation. But we need the Senate to step up. Will you urge your senators to invest in a cleaner, safer transportation future?

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Support the Overdraft Protection Act

    Have you heard of the "$38 cup of coffee?" It's when your $3 debit card purchase of, say, a cup of coffee overdraws your bank account and you're hit with a $35 overdraft fee.

    Banks shouldn't be allowed to hit customers with multiple overly punitive fees when they overdraw their bank accounts.

    A PIRG-backed federal bill would protect consumers by putting maximum limits on the number of overdraft fees banks can charge.

    We're urging our U.S. representatives to protect consumers by swiftly passing the Overdraft Protection Act -- and every voice counts. Will you send a message to your U.S. representative today?

  • McDonald's: Follow through on stopping antibiotic overuse

    In 2018 McDonald's committed to set targets for reducing the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain by the end of 2020. It failed to meet that deadline, but antibiotic resistance continues to threaten public health. Help us urge the company to follow through now.

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Support the Digital Fair Repair Act

    We shouldn't be blocked from keeping our devices running longer -- whether we fix them ourselves or take them to the local repair shop. But too often, that's what happens.

    Now, for the first time ever, we have a comprehensive bill in Congress that would lower repair restrictions nationwide: the Digital Fair Repair Act.

    This legislation is likely to meet significant industry opposition in the months to come -- which is why we need to make sure our U.S. representatives know the public supports this bill.

  • Tell Bayer to reformulate Roundup the right way

    Glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Roundup, has been recognized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen since 2015.

    To protect the health of its customers, I urge Bayer to reformulate Roundup and its other glyphosate-based weed killers with alternatives that don't pose a risk to human health.

  • Tell McDonald's: It's time to follow through on your antibiotics commitment

    McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski:

    Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" kill at least 35,000 Americans every year -- and one of the primary ways these dangerous bacteria develop is through the overuse of our medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture.

    Three years ago, your company committed to help stop the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in food agriculture by setting clear targets on reducing the use of these lifesaving medicines in your beef supply chain.

    Now, the clock is ticking. I urge you to follow through on your commitment and begin phasing out medically important antibiotics from your operations.

  • Add your name: Our food shouldn't be wrapped in toxic packaging

    Toxic PFAS "forever chemicals" are still widely used in common consumer items such as food packaging -- despite having been linked to liver damage, thyroid disease and even cancer.

    PFAS can make their way into our water, air, soil and eventually even our bodies -- a recent study found PFAS in breast milk at nearly 2,000 times the level considered safe for drinking water.

    A grease-resistant fast food package is a small benefit compared to the devastating impact of PFAS on our health -- especially when there are safer alternatives available. Will you join our call for state lawmakers to protect public health and ban toxic PFAS in food packaging?

  • Add your name to get toxic "forever chemicals" out of personal care products

    Exposure to PFAS "forever chemicals" has been linked to severe health problems such as thyroid disease, weakened immunity and even cancer. So why are these substances still being widely used in cosmetics and personal care products?

    The bipartisan No PFAS in Cosmetics Act would ban the use of PFAS in these products nationally. It's an unprecedented opportunity to protect public health from these dangerous chemicals -- and we need people like you to urge their elected officials to make it the law of the land.

    Send your message today.

  • Tell Venmo: Protect our privacy

    Consumers are increasingly reliant on payment apps like Venmo for living our financial lives, and we deserve apps that are safe and trustworthy. Yet Venmo puts users' social circles and spending habits on public display through their transaction histories and friends lists -- and that's information potential fraudsters can take advantage of. To protect the privacy of your users, I strongly urge you to set transaction history and the friends list to "private" by default.

  • Tell Venmo: Protect our privacy

    Consumers are increasingly reliant on payment apps like Venmo for living our financial lives, and we deserve apps that are safe and trustworthy. Yet Venmo puts users' social circles and spending habits on public display through their transaction histories and friends lists -- and that's information potential fraudsters can take advantage of. To protect the privacy of your users, I strongly urge you to set transaction history and the friends list to "private" by default.

  • Tell Congress: Don't create new greenhouse gas pollution from plastic

    Plastic waste isn't just unsightly; it's also dangerous. Converting plastic waste into fossil fuels and feedstocks creates greenhouse gas pollution and releases toxic byproducts. Plastic can seep into the water we drink and the food we eat. Certain chemicals found in plastic can disrupt endocrine systems, interfere with brain development, and cause cancer and birth defects.

    In order to secure a healthier, safer future, Congress should support reductions in plastic production, not subsidize technologies that create more problems. Urge your U.S. House representative to oppose subsidizing industry-backed technologies that turn plastic into greenhouse gas pollution.

  • TELL REGULATORS AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra,

    The No Surprises Act will go into effect in January 2022 to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. We need you to write strong rules to protect us from out-of-network medical bills that we cannot avoid. And we need rules that give the states clear enforcement power to stop providers from sending these unfair and expensive bills.

    Because we don't want to see increases in our insurance premiums, we also need you to establish a smart arbitration system that won't inflate health care costs, which would simply shift costs right back on us. We're calling on you to close the loopholes and protect us from surprise medical bills.

  • Voice support for rooftop solar

    We should be doing everything we can to tap into the clean, renewable power of the sun -- and that includes the sunlight warming our rooftops. Will you stand with us in support of rooftop solar across the nation?

  • Urge the EPA to fully ban brain-damaging chlorpyrifos

    Chlorpyrifos is a neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children. It has no place on the food we eat. The chemical is already banned for household use due to its risks -- and now it's time to ban all uses of chlorpyrifos in order to protect our families and our health. We believe there is no safe use of chlorpyrifos, and strongly urge you to enact a complete ban on this chemical.

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Support the Get the Lead Out Act

    Exposure to even small amounts of lead can cause irreversible harm to children's learning, growth and development. But lead still contaminates drinking water in thousands of communities around the country.

    We're calling on our U.S. representatives to support the Get the Lead Out Act -- critical legislation that would require the replacement of our nation's lead service lines over the next 10 years and provide $46.5 billion to see the project through. Will you add your voice?

  • Tell the FDA: Stop the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Nearly 3 million Americans get sick each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. According to one estimate, 162,000 people die.

    Experts warn that these kinds of infections will become more prevalent without swift action, and one of the main causes is the overuse of our medically important antibiotics on factory farms.

    Yet, in some cases, the Food and Drug Administration allows meat producers to dose herds of animals with our life-saving medicines for weeks or even months at a time.

  • Tell the FDA: Stop the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Nearly 3 million Americans get sick each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. According to one estimate, 162,000 people die.

    Experts warn that these kinds of infections will become more prevalent without swift action, and one of the main causes is the overuse of our medically important antibiotics on factory farms.

    Yet, in some cases, the Food and Drug Administration allows meat producers to dose herds of animals with our life-saving medicines for weeks or even months at a time.

  • Tell Burger King: Take the PFAS chemicals off the menu

    In August 2020, a nonprofit organization which studies toxic risks reported that major fast food chains, including Burger King, were continuing to serve food in packaging that very likely contains toxic PFAS.

    A year later, despite action from McDonald's and Wendy's, Burger King still hasn't committed to phasing out PFAS-treated packaging.

    I urge Burger King to protect its customers from exposure to toxic PFAS substances by making a commitment to phase out PFAS-treated food wrapping across its operations.

  • Tell regulators at Health and Human Services to protect consumers from surprise medical bills

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra,

    The No Surprises Act will go into effect in January 2022 to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. We need you to write strong rules to protect us from out-of-network medical bills that we cannot avoid. And we need rules that give the states clear enforcement power to stop providers from sending these unfair and expensive bills. Because we don't want to see increases in our insurance premiums, we also need you to establish a smart arbitration system that won't inflate health care costs which would simply shift costs right back on us. We're calling on you to close the loopholes and protect us from surprise medical bills.

  • Let New Yorkers fix their stuff

    The companies that make our cell phones and computers use a variety of tactics to make it harder for us to repair our stuff.

    We are working to back "Right to Repair" reforms in Albany that would give consumers and repair shops what they need to repair our devices -- but the legislative session ends on June 10 and we need a push to move this important legislation forward.

  • Tell your federal lawmakers: Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

    The best way to slash plastic waste is to reduce our use of single-use plastics, but our current system doesn't incentivize single-use plastics producers to make the switch to more reusable, refillable and recyclable products.

    That's why U.S. PIRG is calling on federal lawmakers to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, comprehensive legislation that would:

    • Ban some of the worst single-use plastics.
    • Help boost recycling rates and reduce litter by establishing a national bottle deposit program.
    • Promote the transition to less wasteful products by compelling single-use plastics makers to design, manage and finance recycling programs for the waste their products become.

    Will you join us?

  • Tell Amazon: Stop selling bee-killing neonic pesticides

    Our bee populations are in rapid decline, and neonicotinoids -- a dangerous class of bee-killing pesticides -- aren't helping. Yet you can still find these pesticides for sale on the world's No. 1 online marketplace: Amazon.

    Right now, Amazon has a chance to make a major difference in protecting our best pollinators by removing bee-killing pesticides from its site. Tell incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy to help save our bees by ending the sale of products that contain neonicotinoids.

  • Tell Whole Foods: Take single-use plastic packaging off your shelves

    The plastic pollution crisis is worsening, and if companies like Whole Foods don't do their part and take decisive action, the amount of plastic waste polluting our communities will only grow.

    Send a message to Whole Foods today to urge the company to take harmful single-use plastics off of its shelves. If you'd like, you are welcome to add to or replace this template with a personalized message of your own!

  • Tell your U.S. representative to support the Postal Vehicle Modernization Act

    The Postal Vehicle Modernization Act would set aside $6 billion to replace 75 percent of the Postal Service's mail delivery trucks with zero-emission models.

    Will you join us in urging your U.S. House representative to help our country pollute less and save money in the long term by quickly approving this bill?

  • Tell Whole Foods: Move Beyond Plastic

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey,

    Every year, humans pollute the world's oceans with more than 16 million tons of plastic -- much of it used just once before being thrown away.

    Whole Foods was once a leader on reducing plastic waste. But lately, Whole Foods has failed to make progress on lightening its plastic footprint, and even earned an "F" in a report by nonprofit As You Sow that ranks 50 large companies on their plastic waste policies.

    Now, as our plastic crisis worsens, we need Whole Foods to lead the way again. I urge Whole Foods to regain its spot as a plastic waste leader by phasing out single-use plastic packaging from its operations.

    Sincerely,

  • Add your name to expand broadband access in America

    In the 21st century, the internet is an essential utility -- but too many Americans don't have access to fast, reliable or affordable broadband.

    President Biden's plan to fund nationwide broadband improvements will help us close this digital divide -- but for that plan to become a reality, Congress needs to pass it into law.

    That's where you come in. Will you send an urgent message today telling your federal lawmakers to help our country achieve universal broadband access?

  • Tell your U.S. senators to support the Clean Commute for Kids Act

    The ride to school shouldn't include a daily dose of toxic pollution. But as the nation's children return to in-person learning, most of them are breathing in toxic diesel fumes from their school buses.

    A new bill in Congress would make a significant downpayment on making the ride to school safer. If passed, the Clean Commute for Kids Act would provide $25 billion for purchasing electric school buses over 10 years and would help nearly half of the nation's school districts transition to zero-emission bus fleets by 2030.

  • Tell L'Oréal to Pledge to be Toxic-Free

    Why on earth would any company use chemicals that can disrupt our hormones or cause cancer in the products we put on our bodies every day? We should be able to trust that the products we buy are safe -- especially ones our families use every day, directly on our bodies. That's why we're calling on L'Oréal to Pledge to be Toxic-Free.

    With the help of our coalition partners, we've already delivered more than 150,000 petition signatures calling on the multinational cosmetic giant to eliminate cancer causing chemicals and to disclose its secret "fragrance" chemicals.

    Sign our petition to L'Oréal, and show them that consumers want them to be a leader, and Pledge to be Toxic-Free.

  • Make polluters pay for hazardous waste cleanup

    One in 6 Americans lives within three miles of a site so toxic it has been proposed or approved for cleanup under the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program. But right now there's not enough funding to clean up these sites.

    For the past 25 years, the industries that produce and profit off polluting products haven't been paying a tax to fund cleanup of the toxic waste their products create. Instead, the cost of cleanup often falls on the taxpayers.

    The industries that create so much of our pollution should also have a leading role in paying for the cleanup. Tell your U.S. House representative: Make polluters pay for Superfund cleanup by passing the Superfund Reinvestment Act.

  • Submit your comment: Keep toxic “forever chemicals” out of our waterways

    Docket number: EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0582

    Dear EPA Administrator Regan,

    I am calling on you to stop companies from dumping all PFAS “forever chemicals” into our waterways.

    Cancers, low fertility, endocrine disruption, autoimmune diseases, birth defects; PFAS have been linked to all these health problems and more. And they’re everywhere, used all over the country to make everything from firefighting foam, to raincoats, to nonstick pans and fast food takeout containers.

    As a result, these toxic chemicals have now contaminated the drinking water of millions of Americans. It has to stop.

    Ultimately, we should work to phase out the use of these dangerous chemicals wherever possible. Barring companies from dumping them directly into our waterways is an urgently needed first step.

  • Tell the EPA: Restore pesticide safety requirements

    Pesticides can be toxic, so federal safety measures regulating pesticide use are vital to public health. Unfortunately, the Trump administration's EPA weakened the rules that protect pesticide handlers and nearby communities from pesticide exposure.

    Now that there's a new administration in office, we have a chance to reverse these changes. Tell the EPA to restore pesticide safety requirements.

  • Tell your senators: Support the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021

    To make sure our children have food that's safe to eat, we need to close the gaping regulatory gaps that allow significant levels of heavy metals in baby food.

    Passing the critical Baby Food Safety Act of 2021 would be a major step in protecting our children from the harmful impacts of heavy metals on their developing brains.

    Send a message to your U.S. senators today.

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.

    The companies that make single-use plastics don't have to pay for their products to be picked up and processed. That cost falls to us as ratepayers, instead. But what if single-use plastics makers were held financially responsible for their products' end-of-life costs?

    The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would ban certain single-use plastics entirely and would shift more financial responsibility for cleaning up the others onto the companies that make them.

    Add your name to send a message to your U.S. representative.

  • Call on your governor to improve towing laws in your state to better protect consumers

    When your vehicle is towed involuntarily, some states set limits on the towing rate or storage fees. Some states guarantee you can get access to important belongings such as your wallet, house keys, medication or car seat, even if you can't afford to pick up your car yet. But many states don't offer any of these protections or other important measures to shield consumers from predatory or unfair practices.

  • Call on your governor to improve towing laws in your state to better protect consumers

    When your vehicle is towed involuntarily, some states set limits on the towing rate or storage fees. Some states guarantee you can get access to important belongings such as your wallet, house keys, medication or car seat, even if you can't afford to pick up your car yet. But many states don't offer any of these protections or other important measures to shield consumers from predatory or unfair practices.

  • Tell your governor: Support producer responsibility legislation

    If plastic producers have to pay to clean up their single-use plastic pollution, they'll start to make more durable, less wasteful products. This, in turn, leads to less plastic pollution making its way to our landfills, communities and oceans.

    Urge your governor to support producer responsibility legislation today, which would hold plastic producers accountable for the financial costs of cleaning up plastic pollution.

  • Tell the Biden administration: Permanently ban oil and gas leasing on public lands

    Thank you for instating a moratorium on fossil fuel leasing on public lands. I urge the Biden administration to take further action on climate change by turning this temporary moratorium into a permanent ban.

    If the world's existing fossil fuel infrastructure keeps operating throughout its expected lifetime, global temperatures will rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius -- which scientific studies show we need to prevent.

    From worsening air quality to natural disasters fueled by global warming, the effects of fossil fuel pollution are all too clear. A healthier, safer future is possible -- but we have to take swift action on climate change now.

    To take a meaningful step toward preserving a livable planet, clean air and clean water for generations to come, I urge the Biden administration to ban all new oil and gas drilling on public lands.

    Sincerely,

  • Add your name to support electrifying our buildings for healthier homes and a healthier planet

    By converting our heating, cooling and cooking to electricity, we can reduce carbon emissions, lower harmful air pollution, and make progress toward a clean energy future in which we rely on renewable sources to meet our energy needs. I support the movement to electrify our buildings for healthier homes and a healthier planet.

  • Tell your Representative in Congress: Put a price on carbon

    To protect our health and the health of the planet, U.S. policymakers must use every practical policy tool to make a zero-carbon transformation a reality -- promoting rapid deployment of renewable energy sources, investing in research and development of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency and taking regulatory actions to push polluters away from using dirty fossil fuels. A central element in this strategy should be putting a price on carbon pollution (known as carbon pricing) to push polluters to cut emissions and switch to clean energy. Tell your representative in Congress to make polluters pay for the damage they cause; incentivize them to use energy more efficiently; and shift from oil, coal and natural gas to clean, renewable energy.

  • Tell airlines: Refund customers who canceled flights due to COVID-19

    Over the past year, as public health officials urged us to avoid all unnecessary travel, many Americans scrubbed travel plans and canceled their plane tickets to protect their own health and help flatten the curve of infection rates. But all they could get in return was a voucher for a future flight.

    What good is a voucher, rather than a full refund, in a time when so many consumers are facing unprecedented financial vulnerability due to the pandemic? And furthermore, what are people supposed to do when their vouchers are about to expire, yet many Americans are still canceling or delaying travel plans for their health and safety?

    I urge you to give full refunds to all customers who canceled flights due to COVID-19 before their vouchers expire.

  • Tell your U.S. representatives to support the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021

    Our children should have food that's safe to eat -- but we can't count on companies to adhere to health-based standards themselves. We need laws that protect our youngest from heavy metals with rigorous, enforceable limits.

    Join us in calling on our U.S. representatives to support the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021.

  • Tell your legislators: Protect public health - ban toxic PFAS

    PFAS chemicals are used in some food packaging, where they can leach out of the packaging, into the food, and then into our bodies. Research has linked PFAS to serious health risks, including liver damage, birth defects and cancer. To make matters worse, PFAS have been nicknamed "forever chemicals" because they don't break down in our bodies or in the environment.

    We should be phasing out PFAS wherever possible, starting with our food packaging. Send a message to your state legislators now, telling them to ban toxic PFAS.

  • Tell the FTC: People just want to fix their stuff!

    U.S. PIRG, Repair.org and iFixit are calling on the FTC to take real action to protect your right to repair, including:

    • Enforce the law against companies who use illegal tying arrangements to force consumers to purchase connected repair services.
    • Enforce the law against companies who violate the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act by voiding warranties when a consumer fixes something themselves or uses third-party parts or repair services.
    • Enforce the law against companies who refuse to sell replacement parts, diagnostic and repair tools, or service information to independent repair providers.
    • Publish new guidance on unfair, deceptive, and abusive terms in end user license agreements (EULAs) that: restrict independent or self repair; restrict access to parts and software; prohibit the transfer of user licenses; and that purport to void warranties for independent or self repair.
    • Issue new rules prohibiting exclusivity arrangements with suppliers, customers, and repair providers that exclude independent repair providers and suppress competition in the market for repair services.
    • Issue new rules prohibiting companies from deceiving customers by selling products which cannot be repaired without destroying the device or cannot be repaired outside of the company's own service network, without disclosing that fact at the point of sale.
  • TELL THE EPA TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND STOP SPRAYING CITRUS CROPS WITH LIFE-SAVING ANTIBIOTICS

    EPA Administrator Michael Regan:

    Antibiotic resistance threatens the very fabric of modern medicine. Without effective antibiotics common infections could become life threatening illnesses -- simple surgeries, childbirth, chemotherapy all become more deadly.

    If we don't course correct soon, we risk losing 10 million people per year globally to drug resistant infections by 2050. That is nearly five times the loss of life experienced from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    Given the stakes, we simply cannot allow citrus growers to spray crops with antibiotics considered important to human medicine.

    I urge you to reverse the decision to approve the use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline as pesticides on citrus crops.

  • Call on your governor to prioritize more vaccines for nursing homes

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set up a program to do 3 vaccination clinics in nursing homes nationwide starting in December -- but no provisions were made for those who didn't get vaccinated on those days, or for new residents admitted since then. Nursing homes and consumer advocates say there's a bunch of red tape and a lack of vaccines. There should be no higher priority until every nursing home resident is vaccinated.

    Tell your governor to prioritize nursing homes for vaccines until all existing residents and workers are fully vaccinated.

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Corporate wrongdoing shouldn't be a tax write-off

    There's a problem with our tax laws: A settlement that pays out "restitution" to those harmed by a company's actions makes that company eligible for a tax deduction.

    That means pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson are allowed to deduct from their taxes money they've proposed paying to compensate communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.

    We're calling on Congress to pass legislation compelling the Internal Revenue Service to revise the rule allowing companies to claim tax write-offs for money paid in restitution. Will you join us?

  • Tell Congress: Take action to stop the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

    Nearly 3 million Americans get sick each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. At least 35,000 die.

    Experts warn that these kinds of infections will become more prevalent without swift action, and one of the main causes is the overuse of our medically important antibiotics on factory farms. Now, research shows that workers on these farms are up to 15 times more likely to pick up a potentially dangerous strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than individuals who don't work with animals. For the health of livestock workers and the general public, that's got to change.

  • Tell your U.S. senators to co-sponsor the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

    Single-use plastics are everywhere. But it's primarily consumers who pay for the cleanup. Instead, the companies that make products designed to be thrown away should be financially responsible for the plastic waste their products become.

    Our national network has championed the introduction of legislation that would turn that idea into federal policy. We're calling on our U.S. senators to co-sponsor this bill to slash plastic waste -- will you send a message today?

  • Tell Burger King: PFAS aren't worth the risk

    A recent study released by Illinois PIRG Education Fund and its coalition partners found that Burger King uses packaging likely treated with PFAS. Also called "forever chemicals," PFAS build up in the body, which can cause serious health problems for customers like me.

    PFAS-treated wrappers also pollute the environment with "forever chemicals" that never fully degrade. Once we throw away PFAS-treated wrappers, the chemicals can make their way into our water, soil and air, which spreads toxics across the country.

    I don't want to worry whether my Burger King Whopper is wrapped in "forever chemicals" that damage my body and the environment. Burger King already uses PFAS-free packaging for many of its products, but the company needs to eliminate PFAS-treated packaging entirely. Other fast food chains like Chipotle and Taco Bell already use PFAS-free packaging, and Burger King should switch to a safer alternative, too.

  • Tell Burger King: PFAS aren't worth the risk.

    A recent study released by Illinois PIRG Education Fund and its coalition partners found that Burger King uses packaging likely treated with PFAS. Also called "forever chemicals," PFAS build up in the body, which can cause serious health problems for customers like me.

    PFAS-treated wrappers also pollute the environment with "forever chemicals" that never fully degrade. Once we throw away PFAS-treated wrappers, the chemicals can make their way into our water, soil, and air, which spreads toxics across the country.

    I don't want to worry whether my Burger King Whopper is wrapped in "forever chemicals" that damage my body and the environment. Burger King already uses PFAS-free packaging for many of its products, but the company needs to eliminate PFAS-treated packaging entirely. Other fast food chains like Chipotle and Taco Bell already use PFAS-free packaging, and Burger King should switch to a safer alternative too.

  • Tell the EPA: Turning plastic into fossil fuels isn't recycling

    Recycling is meant to protect the environment -- but there's a practice that companies try to pass off as recycling that actually does more harm than good.

    It's called "chemical recycling." This process converts plastic into waste fuel, releasing toxic substances and greenhouse gases.

    "Chemical recycling" isn't actually recycling at all -- and we need to make sure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't count this practice while measuring the recycling rate.

    Submit a public comment before March 8 to help us convince the EPA that plastic-to-fuel practices aren't recycling.

  • Tell your U.S. representative: Baby food shouldn't be toxic

    Arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals shouldn't be showing up in the food young children eat. But alarmingly, four of the top baby food manufacturers have knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic heavy metals.

    These companies should never have let these products on store shelves to begin with. But the best way to ensure it doesn't happen again is to close the regulatory gaps that allowed it to happen.

    We need federal across-the-board limits on toxic heavy metals in baby food to ensure our children's food isn't putting their health at risk.

  • Call on your senators to save public transportation

    Public transportation is critical to essential travel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Both during and after the pandemic, we need to keep our buses on the roads and trains on the tracks.

    But transit agencies across the U.S. are facing significant COVID-19 related budget shortfalls that could impact service for years to come. We need the Senate to act by providing emergency federal funding to save transit.

  • Tell the EPA: Ban this brain-damaging pesticide

    The Environmental Protection Agency must ban chlorpyrifos to protect public health.

    Chlorpyrifos exposure is linked to lower IQs in children, as well as learning issues, memory issues, and prolonged nerve and muscle stimulation.

    Chlorpyrifos is potentially dangerous for farmworkers, communities near where the pesticide is sprayed, and consumers who buy produce that was sprayed with the pesticide.

    This neurotoxin isn't worth the risk. I urge the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos.

  • Tell Congress to support a consumer credit for clean electric bikes

    Transportation is our country's number one source of carbon pollution -- which not only contributes to climate change, but also cuts short an estimated 58,000 American lives each year and increases our risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease.

    But it doesn't have to be this way. Innovative solutions, such as increasing the accessibility of electric bicycles through the federal E-BIKE Act, can have a surprising impact in helping us to achieve cleaner air and a healthier climate.

    Will you send an urgent message today telling your U.S. representative to help transform transportation by supporting consumer tax credits for electric bikes?

  • Tell Congress: We need federal price-gouging legislation to protect consumers

    The disaster in Texas is the latest example of why we need federal legislation to protect consumers from price gouging. We're hearing reports of ridiculous prices on everything from bottled water to hotel rooms. While Texas and 36 other states have laws that are generally supposed to kick in when there's a disaster declaration, enforcement is often difficult without the teeth of the federal government.

    That's why we need Congress to pass legislation to prohibit price gouging that takes advantage of consumers during times of desperation. Send a message to Congress now, telling them to pass price-gouging legislation.

  • Tell your U.S. senators to end fossil fuel subsidies

    Every year, $20 billion of taxpayers' money goes to propping up the fossil fuel industry in the form of tax breaks, incentives and other subsidies.

    These subsidies don't just keep us locked into fossil fuels -- they give them an unwarranted advantage over renewable energy sources. With a new legislative session underway, we have a chance to end these subsidies once and for all.

    Call on your U.S. senators to support legislation to end fossil fuel subsidies today.

  • We should have the right to repair the things we own

    Instead of limiting consumers' choices, manufacturers should provide access to parts, service information, tools and diagnostic software necessary for fixing our devices instead of replacing them.

    Lifting repair restrictions would make for a more competitive marketplace and would help consumers generate less waste. That's why we're calling on governors in states around the country to publicly support legislation to guarantee consumers their right to repair.

    Will you join us?

  • Tell Amazon: No price gouging during a pandemic

    Dear Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos,

    As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, critical supplies, including face masks, surgical gloves and hand sanitizer, remain essential to American families. However, price gouging on these products persists on Amazon's marketplace, creating unnecessary, unfair barriers to accessing these products. An analysis from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund comparing pre-pandemic prices to those in December 2020 and found price increases of more than 20 percent across 409 listings.

    Amazon must do everything possible to ensure that all essential products on its site are fairly priced. We ask you to strictly enforce your Marketplace Fair Pricing Policy and remove all cases of excessively priced essentials.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your state legislators: Make plastic polluters pay for waste cleanup

    A potentially ground-breaking bill in New York could shift the responsibility to clean up plastic waste from government municipalities to plastic producers.

    U.S. PIRG supports the "polluter pays" model behind this legislation -- but we're advocating for a few changes that would make this bill stronger. Call on your state legislators: Support an amended version of this legislation.

  • Tell the new FDA: End the Nicotine Trap

    In 2020, nearly 1 in 5 high schoolers and 1 in 20 middle schoolers reported using e-cigarettes, commonly known as vapes. An entire generation is at risk of lifelong tobacco addiction, and millions of kids are already hooked on tobacco products with serious implications for their health and future. We can do better than this.

    It's time for the FDA to end the nicotine trap.

  • Tell the EPA: Ban this deadly paint remover

    No one should have to lose a loved one to paint removers that contain methylene chloride. Since 1980, at least 64 people have died from exposure to this toxic substance -- and workers are still exposed while on the job. I urge the EPA to ban methylene chloride from commercial uses.

  • Make polluters pay for toxic waste cleanup

    At least 53 million Americans live within three miles of a proposed or designated Superfund site, where hazardous waste has been dumped, spilled or left out. And the federal Superfund program that's working on cleaning these sites is funded by taxpayer dollars -- so Americans are paying to clean up polluters' messes.

    Polluters should pay for toxic waste cleanup. Tell your U.S. representative: Reinstate a Polluter Pays Tax in the Superfund toxic waste program.

  • Tell the FTC: Consumers' Personal Data Needs Protection

    Many apps available on the market today may use deceptive practices to collect and share consumer data with third-party companies outside of the app developer. With limited regulations on how this data is collected and used, consumers are virtually powerless when it comes to controlling their personal information, putting Americans' privacy at risk. In particular, apps that collect and share highly sensitive data, such as dating apps like Grindr, pose threats to those consumers.

    The Federal Trade Commission should write rules to protect consumer data, and hold those who abuse it accountable.

  • Tell your state senator to support producer responsibility legislation

    Single-use plastics are nearly impossible to avoid. But it's consumers who foot the bill for cleaning them up.

    We're calling for a new approach: "producer responsibility." Companies that make products designed to become waste should also be financially responsible for the cleanup.

    Add your name to tell your state senator to support producer responsibility legislation.

  • Tell your senators: Restore the Consumer Bureau's mission by confirming a new director

    Rohit Chopra, the Biden administration's nominee for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a proven consumer champion -- and if given the chance he could help restore the Bureau's mission of consumer defense after three years of disastrous leadership under the Trump administration.

    But before he can do that, the Senate needs to vote to confirm him. Will you take action right now and urge your senators to put a consumer champion back at the head of the Consumer Bureau?

  • Call on your representatives in Congress to support more COVID funding for nursing homes

    More than 3,000 U.S. nursing homes last month had a shortage of nurses or other direct-care staff, and it's a crippling problem that has existed since last May. For most of last year, more than 200,000 people at any given time were in nursing homes suffering from staff shortages, which caused patient care to suffer, COVID cases to spread and more workers to get infected, or get stressed and quit.

  • Tell your governor: Act on clothing waste

    Every second, the equivalent of one dump truck filled with clothing and other textiles is sent to a landfill or incinerator. Part of this waste comes from destroying overstock, unsold items that were never even worn.

    U.S. PIRG is calling on governors across the country to ban companies from sending overstock clothing to an incinerator or landfill. Tell your governor to act on clothing waste today.

  • Tell Boeing to protect public health by installing air sensors on its planes

    Airplane "fume events" pose a serious threat to our health and safety. Heated jet oil released during these events can cause damage to the nervous system when inhaled and even produce carbon monoxide.

    With nearly 400 pilots, flight attendants and passengers having needed medical attention due to hundreds of fume events between January 2018 and December 2019, it's long past time for measures that will keep toxic substances out of the air we breathe on flights.

    So we're calling on Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, to install air sensors on its planes. Will you join us?

  • Tell your state senator: Support a ban on foam food containers

    The United States is the world's No. 1 producer of plastic waste -- but less than 10 percent of that waste is recycled.

    The best way to cut down on our plastic waste is to stop producing the single-use plastics that we use for five minutes, but litter our communities and environment for hundreds of years. That's why U.S. PIRG is calling for state bans on some of the worst single-use plastics: foam food containers. Will you join us?

  • Tell the EPA: Ban glyphosate

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    Glyphosate isn't worth the harm to our environment or the potential risk to our health.

    The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic" for humans, and the weed killer has also been linked to reproductive health problems.

    Other countries have already moved to federally phase out all glyphosate use, and the U.S. needs to ban glyphosate as well.

    To protect our communities and endangered species, I urge the EPA to ban glyphosate.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress: Approve funding to combat COVID-19

    President Joe Biden requested billions of dollars to kickstart the nation's federal COVID-19 response efforts. Now it's time for Congress to act.

  • Tell the EPA: Consumers have a right to know the risks of spraying glyphosate

    Roundup's main ingredient -- glyphosate -- is classified as a probable cancer agent by the World Health Organization's cancer research agency. But, despite that fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration announced it would no longer approve warning labels for products that contain glyphosate, including Roundup.

    We're calling on the Biden administration to do better. Will you join us in urging the EPA to approve warning labels for Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers?

  • Make polluters pay to clean up toxic waste sites

    Tell your legislators to prioritize cleaning up toxic waste in our communities by reinstating a Polluter Pays Tax in the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program.

  • Add your name: Our tax dollars shouldn't be fueling the climate crisis

    Our taxes are being used to fuel the climate crisis. Every year, the U.S. gives the fossil fuel industry $20 billion in tax breaks, incentives, and subsidies.

    Our tax dollars shouldn't be propping up an industry that's contributing to global warming. We're calling on Congress to end these subsidies -- but we need your help. Tell your U.S.House representative: End fossil fuel subsidies.

  • Tell Whole Foods to zero out single-use plastic packaging

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

    Our plastic waste crisis poses an enormous threat to our communities and the environment. And it's only getting worse -- Americans throw out enough plastic to fill 1.5 football stadiums every day.

    If we're going to turn the tide on plastic pollution, we need prominent supermarket chains such as Whole Foods to play a major role. Whole Foods can make an impact right now by setting a bold example that others in the industry can follow -- starting with getting rid of harmful, unnecessary single-use plastics.

    I urge you to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

  • Tell Amazon to further prevent price gouging on its site

    Jeff Bezos,

    Americans are struggling with their health and finances during this pandemic, and products like disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers are essential to keeping our communities safe. Consumers should not have to make a choice between safety and affordability. As the largest online marketplace, Amazon must do everything possible to ensure that all essential products on its site are fairly priced. We ask you to strictly enforce your Marketplace Fair Pricing Policy and remove all cases of excessively priced essentials.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your governor: Commit to an all-electric bus plan

    Transitioning from diesel-powered to electric buses isn't just good for our planet -- it's also good for our health. Diesel exhaust, which fuels most buses, pollutes the air and is linked to serious health problems.

    Tell your governor: Transition to all-electric city and school buses to protect public health and mitigate climate change.

  • Take action to save the bees

    Honeybees had a record-breaking summer in 2019. U.S. beekeepers lost a third of their hives. This marks the highest summer losses ever reported.

    One of the leading causes for honeybee deaths is neonicotinoids, a class of toxic pesticides. In order to save the bees, we need to ban the worst uses of neonicotinoids. Tell your state representative to take action today.

  • Tell your governor: Stop fashion waste from piling up in landfills

    Many clothing retailers destroy, landfill or incinerate unsold clothing to make way for new merchandise, creating a serious waste management problem. The solution is simple: Clothing manufacturers and retailers should not be overproducing clothing just to throw it out. Urge your governor to take action on the growing problem of fashion waste.

  • Tell the EPA: Don't expand the use of this "extremely hazardous" pesticide

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    I strongly oppose expanding the use of the pesticide aldicarb to 400,000 acres of citrus trees in Florida and Texas.

    Decades of evidence demonstrate aldicarb's dangers to public health. The insecticide is known to contaminate drinking water and leave residues on food. High levels of exposure to aldicarb can cause brain damage in children.

    Aldicarb is banned in 100 countries, and it's considered "extremely hazardous" by the World Health Organization. The U.S. must maintain aldicarb restrictions to keep the public safe.

    I urge the Environmental Protection Agency to deny this application and maintain current restrictions on aldicarb.

  • First Things to Fix: Tell President-elect Biden to restore environmental and public health protections on day one

    President-elect Biden,

    Over the past four years, many of the Trump administration's actions have put our public lands and waterways at risk, increased greenhouse gas emissions and worsened air quality. To begin to repair the damage, please take the following day one actions in five critical areas in order to restore important environmental and public health protections:

    1. Climate: Rejoin the Paris Agreement

    2. Clean Water: Set in motion a repeal of the Dirty Water Rule

    3. Clean Air: Strengthen federal fuel economy and emissions standards for vehicles and reaffirm California's authority to set stronger vehicle emissions standards

    4. Conservation: Withdraw the Trump administration's draft 5-year plan on offshore drilling

    5. Clean Energy: Restore smart energy efficiency policy by reinstating strong efficiency standards for consumer appliances and industrial equipment.

  • Tell your governor: Ban single-use polystyrene products

    The United States contributed between 1.1 and 2.2 million metric tons of plastic waste to the world's oceans. That's enough trash to form a pile of plastic that covers the area of the White House Lawn and reaches as high as the Empire State Building.

    This shouldn't be the case, nor does it have to be. We can move beyond plastic -- and we're starting by calling for an end to the most harmful and unnecessary single-use plastics. Tell your governor to ban single-use polystyrene today.

  • Take action: Tell Coca-Cola to break free from plastic

    Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey:

    For the third year in a row, Coca-Cola has been named the world's top plastic polluter -- worse than the next two biggest polluters combined.

    To address the plastic waste that is piling up at a record pace in our communities and environment, we need companies like yours to play a major role in moving our country beyond plastic. Coca-Cola should commit to reducing the amount of plastic used, as part of a greater effort to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of your products.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Whole Foods to zero out single-use plastic

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

    Our plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our communities and environment -- for example, we're on pace to put more than 53 million metric tons of plastic into our oceans and waterways each year by 2030.

    If we're going to turn the tide on plastic waste, we need prominent supermarket chains such as Whole Foods to play a major role. Whole Foods can make an impact right now by setting a bold example on plastic waste reduction that others in the industry can follow -- and that starts with getting rid of harmful, unnecessary single-use plastics.

    We urge you to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

  • Together Against COVID: Not Forgotten

    Virtual vigil hosted by U.S. PIRG, Marked by COVID, Mourning Our Losses, Doctors for America, COVID Survivors for Change, The Center for Popular Democracy, Endcoronavirus.org, and COVID Grief Network.

    Please join us and hundreds of others in an action to highlight the real cost of COVID.

    As 2020 draws to a close more than 300,000 people have died from COVID-19.

    One of the most heartbreaking parts of this national tragedy is knowing that so many of the deaths were preventable. If our federal and state leaders had done what was needed to control the spread of the virus, most of the COVID deaths in 2020 could have been avoided.

    Our public officials need to feel accountable for every person we’ve lost to COVID. So we’re holding a week-long vigil. We’re going to make and post short videos where we read the names of the victims. Because they are not just numbers. They are people we’ve lost.

    To join our vigil register below, and we will provide you with the names of 20 people who were lost to this deadly virus in 2020. We will also provide a short introduction and simple instructions on how to make and post your video.

    The week-long vigil starts December 27th; record your video and post it on your social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) anytime before the year ends.

  • Tell your senators: Vote "yes" on the Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act

    Too often, medical repair professionals can't access the service information they need to fix essential medical equipment because of restrictions set up by the manufacturer.

    U.S. PIRG is calling on U.S. senators to pass a bill that would help our medical repair technicians bust through manufacturer barriers and fix the machines they need to fix. Will you join us?

  • Add your name: Fund the replacement of dangerous lead water lines

    In a recent study, almost 80 percent of nearly 800 homes tested across the U.S. had detectable levels of lead in their tap water, and 15 percent had levels high enough to damage the IQ of bottle-fed babies.

    We must not allow this harmful substance to continue contaminating our drinking water, and removing lead service lines is a commonsense solution that can make a difference right now.

    As the House negotiates putting as much as $11 billion toward clean water infrastructure -- including the replacement of lead service lines -- in the new federal budget, you can help make cleaner, lead-free water a reality by sending a message urging your U.S. House representative to pass this crucial funding.

  • Tell Whole Foods to zero out single-use plastic

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey:

    Our plastic pollution crisis poses an enormous threat to our communities and environment -- for example, we're on pace to put more than 53 million metric tons of plastic into our oceans and waterways each year by 2030.

    If we're going to turn the tide on plastic waste, we need prominent supermarket chains such as Whole Foods to play a major role. Whole Foods can make an impact right now by setting a bold example on plastic waste reduction that others in the industry can follow -- and that starts with getting rid of harmful, unnecessary single-use plastics.

    We urge you to commit to eliminating single-use plastic packaging from your stores.

  • Tell Congress: End surprise medical bills

    One in five insured adults is getting stuck with a surprise medical bill for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. No one should be forced to pay these outrageous fees that they thought were covered by their insurance. Congress must pass the bipartisan bill that will end this problem for everyone. With COVID cases spiking, there's no time to wait.

    Send this urgent email to Congress today. Tell them to include protections from surprise bills in the next COVID relief package or budget bill.

  • Tell your governor: Support funding for electric buses

    Replacing our polluting diesel school and transit buses with clean electric buses will help us reduce our carbon emissions and clean up our air.

    U.S. PIRG is calling on the governor to support funding to help towns and cities in your state to make the switch to electric buses -- will you join us?

  • Tell your senator: Pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act

    A new report shows that 1 in 5 nursing homes had less than a one-week supply of one or more types of PPE in late August, putting our most vulnerable citizens, and those who care for them, at risk.

    Join us in calling on the Senate to pass legislation that would help address PPE shortages by making sure medical supplies get to where they're needed most.

  • The Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee needs to give Americans the protections they deserve

    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao:

    Americans who cancel travel plans due to COVID-19 are still having trouble getting refunds for their flights -- in fact, a record 50,000 consumers have filed complaints with the DOT about being refused airline refunds. That's exactly the kind of issue that your agency's Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee should be addressing, especially as we approach the holiday season and people make hard decisions about whether to cancel flights in the midst of new surges in coronavirus cases.

    Yet the DOT's committee specifically intended to protect airline customers is ignoring this and other pressing concerns such as whether all airlines are following consistent safety protocols to protect customers who do choose to fly.

    We urge you to set uniform enforceable requirements that consumers can rely on regarding airlines' refund policies and safety precautions.

  • Sign Our Open Letter to Election Workers

    To Poll Workers and Election Administrators,

    We, the undersigned, would like to thank you all for your dedication and commitment in ensuring the ability to participate in our democracy amidst a global pandemic. It is because of your hard work that the 2020 election was secure, fair and accurate.

    Thank you for braving the risk of contracting coronavirus to check-in millions of voters. Thank you for your time in setting up polling locations and closing them at the end of a long day. Thank you for accepting the stress and responsibility of counting all the votes during an election with record turnout.

    Please accept our sincere gratitude for all that you and our nation's team of poll workers and election administrators have done to make this election a success.

    Sincerely,

  • Test More, Save Lives

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is still raging across much of the country. Health experts have been clear that testing is a key part of containing the virus, saving lives, and getting some pieces of our lives back. We're calling on state governors to commit to ramping up testing and ensuring results come back quickly.

  • Tell L'Oréal: Stop using toxics in your products

    Many of our everyday products like eyeshadow, powder foundation, or baby powder contain talcum powder, a mineral that can be contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. L'Oréal uses talcum powder in its pressed and loose powders -- but, as a multinational makeup giant, the company has the chance to step up and shift industry standards on talc. We're calling on L'Oréal to do the right thing: Stop using talcum powder in its products.

  • Together Against COVID

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading unchecked throughout much of the country. More than 400,000 Americans have died, hundreds more are dying every day, and the death toll will continue to climb until our leaders fully commit to defeating the virus.

  • Call on your representatives in Congress to support the Medical Supply Transparency & Delivery Act

    The nation's 15,000 nursing homes are enduring horrible shortages of PPE to protect patients and workers. This has been going on since at least May. It doesn't have to be this way -- actions can be taken to produce more PPE and get it to the health care facilities that need it most.

  • Tell Congress: Hospitals should be allowed to repair lifesaving equipment

    If a trained hospital technician can repair a lifesaving piece of medical equipment, such as a ventilator, they should be allowed to do so -- especially during a global pandemic.

    But manufacturers often restrict access to service information for the devices they make, making it unnecessarily difficult for hospitals to maintain their own equipment and even causing delays in patient procedures.

    It's crucial that hospital technicians are allowed access to the service materials that will help them save lives. Tell your U.S. representative to support medical right to repair legislation in the next coronavirus aid package.

  • Home safe for the holidays

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is still raging across much of the country. If we want to see our families for the holidays, attend religious services, or eat out at a restaurant without fear of contracting or spreading the virus, we need to dramatically increase the amount of testing we are doing.

    Send your message to the governor: If we want to gather this holiday season in a safer way, we have to ramp up testing for COVID-19.

  • Call on your representatives in Congress to support the Medical Supply Transparency & Delivery Act

    The nation's 15,000 nursing homes are enduring horrible shortages of PPE to protect patients and workers. This has been going on since at least May. It doesn't have to be this way. Actions can be taken to produce more PPE and get it to the healthcare facilities that need it most.

  • Call on your U.S. senators to act on plastic pollution

    Approximately 9,200 truckloads of plastic pellets are dumped into our oceans every year. There, they pollute our beaches, harm wildlife and threaten public health.

    In order to prevent further plastic pellet pollution, we need to build support in the Senate for the Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act. If passed, this legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit corporations from dumping plastic pellets into our waterways.

  • Tell EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler: Get the lead out of our drinking water

    The EPA is preparing to update the Lead and Copper Rule. But so far, the agency has left out expert recommendations to require the replacement of lead service lines -- which still service an estimated 9.3 million homes, child care centers and small businesses.

    Will you call on the EPA to require the replacement of all lead service lines in the United States within 10 years?

  • Tell your senators: Help put us on a path to a cleaner, healthier future

    Few other events have confronted us with the urgency of climate change quite like the ongoing wildfire crisis in the West. If we want a healthier future for our communities and climate, we need to do everything we can to zero out harmful emissions from our transportation systems and energy sources.

    The U.S. House of Representatives took bold action to address this issue when it passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. Now it's time for the Senate to do the same. Will you join us in urging your senators to support this bill to protect our health and our planet?

  • Tell your state senator to support a ban on the consumer sale of neonics

    Bees are some of our most important pollinators, but their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Now, researchers are finding that a lack of bees in some areas is contributing to lower crop yields.

    We need to protect these vital pollinators by reducing our use of the pesticides that kill them -- starting with neonicotinoid pesticides, or "neonics." Will you join us in calling on our country state senators to protect bees from the pesticides contributing to their decline?

  • Tell McDonald's: Stop packaging your food in pollution

    Over a million Big Mac boxes are used and discarded each day. And new test results show that those boxes may be contributing to the PFAS "forever chemicals" pollution crisis.

    Corporations add PFAS forever chemicals to food packaging to make it grease-resistant. The packaging is used once, but toxic PFAS chemicals last forever in the environment.

    New testing of paper food packaging from top fast-food chains found fluorine levels suggesting PFAS treatment in nearly half of samples -- including a Big Mac box as well as a McDonald's fry bag and cookie bag. We're not lovin' it.

    PFAS have been linked to increased risk for certain cancers, immune system suppression, and reduced birth weight. When people eat food from this packaging, they may end up ingesting some of these chemicals too.

    And when McDonald's toxic trash goes into a landfill or incinerator, it can contaminate our air and water.

    Tell McDonald's: Your customers don't want these chemicals in their food.

  • Tell Congress to ban chlorpyrifos

    Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide used on a variety of crops -- yet it poses a threat not only to public health, but to children and farmworkers especially, through residue and runoff.

    It was even banned for household use in the U.S. in 2000 due to its toxicity -- studies found lower IQs in children who had been exposed compared with children who hadn't.

    It's long past time to ban this dangerous chemical, and Congress has a chance right now to do so. Take action today by telling your senators to ban chlorpyrifos.

  • Home Safe for the Holidays

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is still raging across much of the country. If we want to see our families for the holidays, attend religious services, or eat out at a restaurant without fear of contracting or spreading the virus, we need to dramatically increase the amount of testing we are doing.

  • Tell Apple CEO Tim Cook to respect our right to repair

    In order for Apple to meet its commitment to carbon neutrality, it's time for it to rethink its approach to the right to repair. Expanding repair access will reduce the amount of electronic waste that accumulates in our environment and the emissions released during the manufacturing of new devices.

    Join U.S. PIRG and thousands of supporters like you in calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook to support our right to repair today.

  • Take action: Tell your state senators to support a ban on glyphosate-based pesticides

    Despite glyphosate being listed as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), federal leaders have so far failed to protect Americans by banning glyphosate-based weed killers. That's why we need states like ours to act.

    Tell your state senator to support a ban on Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers in your state unless and until they're proven safe.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: No bailout for the plastics industry

    The plastics industry is lobbying Congress for a $1 billion bailout it doesn't need. To prevent a future flooded with plastic pollution, we need to speak up, too -- and fast.

    Tell your U.S. senators to protect public health -- not a polluting industry -- by blocking this plastics bailout.

  • Tell the EPA: Don't put our health at risk

    Coal plants are dumping billions of gallons of toxic wastewater into our rivers. Yet the EPA just decided to allow power plants to continue dumping more of this pollution. Arsenic, lead and mercury do not belong in America's waterways, especially our drinking water sources.

    We're calling on the EPA to reverse this reckless rollback and protect our health from toxic pollution. Add your name today.

  • Tell Johnson & Johnson to put our health first

    Join U.S. PIRG in calling on Johnson & Johnson to put customers' health first by recalling its talc-based baby powder in the U.S. and Canada.

  • It’s time to get serious about banning single-use polystyrene

    We simply don’t have enough room for the tons and tons of plastic waste that we produce every day.

    For years, the United States sent regular shipments of plastic to countries such as China and Malaysia. But those nations have recently stopped accepting our plastic waste. Now more than ever, we need to reckon with the massive amounts of waste that are overrunning our landfills and polluting our communities and environment.

    Join us in urging your state senator to support statewide legislation banning harmful and unnecessary single-use polystyrene foam cups and containers.

  • Tell Congress: Don’t let the coronavirus ruin Americans’ credit scores

    As millions of Americans continue to face job losses and other financial hardships on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress shouldn’t allow credit reporting agencies to penalize people for mistakes by credit bureaus or for negative items caused by circumstances outside their control. Consumers certainly shouldn’t suffer long-standing credit damage for choosing to pay for food and other essentials instead of paying credit card bills on time during this crisis.

    That’s why we’re calling for federal legislation to ban negative credit reporting during the COVID-19 crisis. Send a message to your senators today.

  • Tell your state representative: We must preserve our most important pollinators

    One of the factors contributing to the alarming decline in bee populations is a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics. With a pollinator this important to our food supply, we need to do everything we can to protect them from toxic pesticides.

    Help us protect bees by urging your state representative to ban the consumer sale of toxic neonicotinoid pesticides today.

  • Tell the U.S. Senate: Support emergency funding for the USPS

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to give emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service. Now, it's up to the Senate to follow their lead. Call on your senators to provide the USPS with much-needed funding today.

  • Tell Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to support our right to repair, not stifle it

    Microsoft's new commitment to achieving zero waste in its operations by 2030 is laudable, but it's missing one key component: right to repair.

    By supporting right to repair legislation -- instead of opposing it -- Microsoft could empower consumers to fix their electronics rather than replace them from the ground up. Join U.S. PIRG in calling on CEO Satya Nadella to support our right to repair today.

  • The FDA can help protect consumers from toxic hand sanitizers

    Since June, more than 80 brands of hand sanitizer and counting have been flagged as potentially toxic by the FDA.

    With cases of severe illness, blindness and even death reported this summer in connection with contaminated hand sanitizers, it's clear we need stronger measures to stop this public health threat.

    Join us in calling on the FDA to require companies that produce hand sanitizer with alcohol from outside sources to conduct thorough tests before selling their product.

  • Take action to save the USPS

    The U.S. House of Representatives has been called back into session and will be holding a vote that could determine the future of the USPS. Call on your representative to support emergency funding for the Postal Service.

  • Tell your state senator to support a ban on glyphosate-based weed killers

    A chemical that puts our health at risk has no place in our food. But a new study has found glyphosate -- the toxic main chemical ingredient in Roundup -- in popular brands of hummus.

    U.S. PIRG is calling on state lawmakers to ban Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers unless and until they're proven safe. Join us today.

  • It’s time to get serious about banning single-use polystyrene

    We simply don’t have enough room for the tons and tons of plastic waste that we produce every day.

    For years, the United States sent regular shipments of plastic to countries such as China and Malaysia. But those nations have recently stopped accepting our plastic waste. Now more than ever, we need to reckon with the massive amounts of waste that are overrunning our landfills and polluting our communities and environment.

    Join us in urging your state senator to support statewide legislation banning harmful and unnecessary single-use polystyrene foam cups and containers.

  • Tell Congress: Don't bail out the plastics industry

    Plastic waste is piling up in our landfills, littering our communities, and polluting our environment. But the plastics industry is lobbying Congress for a $1 billion bailout.

    Our taxpayer dollars shouldn't be spent propping up polluters. Call on your U.S. representative to oppose bailing out the plastics industry.

  • Urge Congress to compel the release of medical repair information

    Proprietary restrictions that block access to service diagrams, spare parts, tools and diagnostic software are inhibiting biomedical technicians as they attempt to fix vital medical equipment, such as ventilators.

    That’s why we are building support for “The Critical Medical Infrastructure Right-to-Repair Act of 2020,” which compels medical device manufacturers to release the service information that hospital technicians need to get medical devices back up and running as quickly as possible during the pandemic.

  • Tell the U.S. Senate to support bold infrastructure reform

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Moving Forward Act, which would increase funding for clean energy, expand access to safe drinking water, and more. Now we need your help to urge the U.S. Senate to do the same.

  • Tell your state representative: Support the right to repair

    Fifty-nine million tons of e-waste were produced globally last year -- but manufacturers still make it unnecessarily difficult for us to fix our electronic devices rather than replace them with new ones. Not only do these repair restrictions create extra cost for consumers, but they feed into massive amounts of waste.

    We're calling on state legislators to support our right to repair so that we can reduce our e-waste. Will you join us?

  • Tell the EPA to ban this harmful pesticide

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long assured Americans that a certain level of exposure to chlorpyrifos -- a pesticide linked to brain damage in children -- is safe. But the study the EPA used to establish the "safe" level of chlorpyrifos was written by chemical company employed statisticians and never went through formal peer review. The results were dangerously wrong.

    It's clear that chlorpyrifos is more dangerous than we knew -- and that it must be banned unless and until it can be proven safe. Send a message to EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler today.

  • Shut down, start over, do it right

    Add your name to stand with the hundreds of health professionals who have joined U.S. PIRG in calling for the country to hit the reset button.

    Of all the nations in the world, we've had the most deaths from COVID-19 -- almost 150,000. At the same time, we're in the midst of "reopening our economy," exposing more and more people to coronavirus and watching numbers of cases -- and deaths -- skyrocket.

    Economists have gone on record saying that the only way to "restore the economy is to address the pandemic itself." Public health professionals have made clear that even after we've contained the virus by staying at home, in order to reopen American cities and towns safely, we'll need the testing capacity, PPE, and medical supplies to keep it contained.

    We need to shut down, start over, and do it right.

  • Shut down, start over, do it right

    Add your name to stand with the hundreds of health professionals who have joined U.S. PIRG in calling for the country to hit the reset button.

    Of all the nations in the world, we've had the most deaths from COVID-19 -- almost 150,000. At the same time, we're in the midst of "reopening our economy," exposing more and more people to coronavirus and watching numbers of cases -- and deaths -- skyrocket.

    Economists have gone on record saying that the only way to "restore the economy is to address the pandemic itself." Public health professionals have made clear that even after we've contained the virus by staying at home, in order to reopen American cities and towns safely, we'll need the testing capacity, PPE, and medical supplies to keep it contained.

    We need to shut down, start over, and do it right.

  • Help stop President Trump from zeroing out funding for vital COVID-19 testing

    COVID-19 cases are surging in several states. Americans are dying. We need more resources for testing, and fast -- but President Trump wants to zero out funding for vital coronavirus testing nationwide.

    Without adequate resources to conduct testing and process results quickly, decision-makers are left in the dark about the scope of the pandemic and how best to contain it. Tell your senators that funding for testing must be included in the next stimulus bill.

  • Pres. Trump wants to zero out funding for vital COVID-19 testing

    President Trump wants to zero out funding for vital coronavirus testing nationwide, but we desperately need more testing if we're going to overcome this pandemic. Tell your senators that funding for testing must be included in the next stimulus bill.

  • Google: Lift the ban on repair ads.

    For nearly a year, Google has banned all independent repair shops from advertising on it's search engine -- while still permitting manufacturers to advertise.

    Independent repair is critical for consumers -- repair options help consumers save money and reduce electronic waste. Join us in telling Google: Lift your ban on independent repair companies.

  • Tell your senators: Approve funding to replace lead service lines

    There are still up to an estimated 9.3 million lead service lines piping drinking water into homes across the country and threatening our families' health.

    Now, the U.S. House has approved $22.5 billion for removing and replacing lead service lines around the country. We need our senators to approve similar funding so we can take this crucial step toward getting the lead out of our drinking water.

  • Tell your state representative: Roundup must go

    Bayer has announced it will pay $10 billion to settle with more than 95,000 plaintiffs who claim Roundup causes cancer -- but the company still refuses to acknowledge the dangers of glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient.

    We're calling on state legislatures to ban Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers. Will you join us?

  • Tell the EPA to keep rocket fuel chemicals out of our drinking water

    The Trump administration's EPA just dropped plans to regulate the widespread drinking water contaminant perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel and has been linked to brain damage in infants.

    We're calling on the EPA to reverse this dangerous and misguided decision. Add your name today.

  • Tell your governor: Ban single-use polystyrene products in your state

    Plastic waste particles have been found in seemingly every corner of our planet -- from the bottom of the Mariana Trench to the highest peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains. And now, researchers have confirmed that even the air we breathe every day is polluted with microplastics.

    It has never been more urgent to move beyond plastic -- in particular, the single-use products that are already overrunning our landfills, littering our communities and burning up in incinerators. Take action today by telling your governor to ban harmful and unnecessary single-use polystyrene products.

  • Take action to get critical supplies to areas in need

    America has surpassed 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and much of the country has seen alarming spikes in recent weeks. And our health care workers still don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on Congress to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas. Add your name today.

  • Help get critical medical supplies directly to areas in need

    America has surpassed 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and much of the country has seen alarming spikes in recent weeks. And our health care workers still don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on Congress to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas. Add your name today.

  • Tell your senators: We need carbon solutions, not more of the same

    As the United States cautiously begins to reopen, traffic congestion and emissions are starting to climb back up to pre-lockdown levels -- worsening our air quality and contributing to climate change.

    We need Congress to support policies that prioritize fixing and maintaining existing infrastructure before funding new projects, expanding access to clean and efficient transit options, and putting more electric vehicles on the road by building up charging stations.

    That's why we're calling on the Senate to include these policies in its transportation spending bill, currently under consideration.

  • Tell Congress: Repeal the Dirty Water Rule

    The Trump administration's Dirty Water Rule wipes out protections for wetlands, streams and headwaters that provide drinking water for millions of Americans -- and it has even been criticized by the EPA's own science advisors.

    Tell Congress to repeal the Dirty Water Rule.

  • Tell the USDA: Say "no" to increased use of toxic herbicides

    Docket #: APHIS-2020-0021-0001

    We the undersigned oppose Monsanto's petition to deregulate its genetically engineered corn, which is tolerant to multiple toxic herbicides, including dicamba and glyphosate. Deregulating this corn will increase the use of these herbicides, which threatens public health and our environment. Exposure to dicamba and glyphosate has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell President Trump: Get emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service

    The U.S. Postal Service is suffering from sharply declining demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USPS has warned Congress that it will run out of cash by September 2020 if the federal government doesn't step in with financial assistance.

    Fortunately, it's not yet too late for the U.S. Postal Service. In order to protect this essential service from insolvency, join us in calling on President Trump to support emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Tell President Trump: Get emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service

    The U.S. Postal Service is suffering from sharply declining demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USPS has warned Congress that it will run out of cash by September 2020 if the federal government doesn't step in with financial assistance.

    Fortunately, it's not yet too late for the U.S. Postal Service. In order to protect this essential service from insolvency, join us in calling on President Trump to support emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

  • We need more funding for vital coronavirus testing

    As states across the country tentatively begin to reopen businesses and relax social distancing measures, it will become more important than ever to continue a robust testing program -- and states can't get all the way to a nationwide solution without some federal coordination.

    The Senate can make a big difference by pushing for more national coordination and funding for testing in the next stimulus bill, expected this July. Tell your U.S. senators that you support more funding for vital coronavirus coordination and testing.

  • Tell Congress: Taxpayers deserve to see the receipts of COVID-19 emergency spending

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced that Americans may never find out how over $500 billion of taxpayer money has been awarded to businesses.

    Tell Congress to pass the PPP Transparency Act and get taxpayers the receipts.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: It's time to move beyond plastic

    We need your voice to help us move our country beyond plastic pollution. Congress has a chance to take bold action to reduce waste by making plastic producers financially responsible for their discarded products.

    Send a message to your senators: Support ambitious nationwide legislation to move us beyond single-use plastics and increase the availability of reusable and recyclable alternatives.

  • Tell L'Oréal: Get talc out of our personal care products

    Dear L'Oréal USA CEO Frédéric Rozé,

    Many of L'Oréal's products contain talc, which can be contaminated with the carcinogen asbestos because the two materials are often intermingled underground.

    Our personal care products shouldn't come with undue risks to our health. Johnson & Johnson just announced it would stop selling talc-based baby powders -- a major step in the right direction when it comes to making consumer products safer and toxic-free.

    I urge you to follow Johnson & Johnson's lead and protect the health of your customers by getting talc out of your makeup and other powder-based products.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: Americans' stimulus payments should be protected from debt collectors

    Through its Economic Impact Payments, the CARES Act provided crucial financial relief to millions of American families struggling to make ends meet in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

    But unfortunately, this money is still not adequately protected from predatory debt collectors. While banks and even many debt collectors and debt buyers believe that the payments should be exempt from garnishment orders, some creditors have continued to attempt to garnish and freeze bank accounts.

    That's why we're calling on Congress to pass S.3841, which will exempt Economic Impact Payments from court-ordered garnishments to pay creditors. Add your name today.

  • Tell Congress: Don't bail out the plastics industry

    Our taxpayer dollars shouldn't be spent propping up polluters. Call on your U.S. representative to oppose bailing out the plastics industry.

  • Tell the EPA: Protect public health from soot pollution

    Docket # EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0072-0293

    Soot pollution is deadly. It contributes to tens of thousands of deaths each year, and new research finds it could exacerbate cases of COVID-19.

    Freezing standards on soot pollution at its current level is an unsafe, unsound decision. In order to protect the public from the dangers of exposure to airborne soot -- including lung disease, bronchitis and cancer, I urge you to tighten standards on industrial pollution.

    Sincerely,

  • Healthier farms, healthier Americans

    Pesticides are too deeply ingrained in our farming system. The seeds farmers buy often come pre-treated with chemicals -- and sometimes, farmers don't even know it. We don't need to use so many chemicals to farm our food. We need to cut down on chemical use to promote healthier farms, less toxic residue on the food we buy, and healthier lives for all Americans.

  • Tell Congress: Require the EPA to clean up toxic waste sites

    Exposure to toxic waste at Superfund sites, including dioxin, lead and radiation, can cause cancer, birth defects and rare disease. Yet, the backlog of Superfund sites in need of cleanup is the biggest it has been in at least 15 years. Call on Congress to use its oversight authority to direct the EPA to address this backlog now.

  • TELL YOUR GOVERNOR: INVEST IN CLEAN, ELECTRIC SCHOOL AND TRANSIT BUSES

    Dear Governor,

    It's time for our state's transit and school bus systems to stop using dirty, diesel buses that endanger our health, our children and our communities. Electric buses are here, and they're cleaner, healthier and often cheaper in the long run. Thanks to the $14.7 billion Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement, we have a historic opportunity to reduce transportation pollution in our state. I urge you to use our state's portion of the Volkswagen funds to purchase all-electric school and transit buses for our children and our communities.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the U.S. Senate: Protect healthcare workers now

    America has surpassed 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and much of the country has seen alarming spikes in recent weeks. And our health care workers still don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, the federal government has focused on funneling supplies to private companies rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on a set of key Senators to include a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas as part of the next coronavirus stimulus package. Send your message today.

  • Tell your U.S. senators: Support funding for contact tracing to contain COVID-19

    As our country begins to reopen, we need to be sure that our government and health care system are equipped to keep us safe and contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Public health experts agree that, along with a dramatic increase in our country's testing capabilities, contact tracing will be essential if we want to catch any future coronavirus outbreaks early.

    This can't happen without proper funding from Congress. Tell your U.S. senators to support funding for contact tracing and voluntary isolation measures so that we can contain COVID-19.

  • Urge your U.S. senators to protect consumers from price gouging

    There's a lot to worry about during the COVID-19 pandemic, but absurd prices for hand sanitizer and other critical medical supplies shouldn't be one of them. Call on the U.S. Senate to support the Price Gouging Prevention Act, which would set and enforce rules on predatory price gouging.

  • Help get critical medical supplies directly to areas in need

    In late April, America surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. But our health care workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on Congress to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas. Add your name today.

  • Label toxic ingredients in cleaning products

    For millions of us, spending more time at home and more time cleaning our homes due to the COVID-19 crisis has heightened our risk of exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals found in everyday cleaning supplies.

    The labels on some of these cleaning products don't mention that many of their chemical ingredients are toxic and are even associated with cancer, asthma, reproductive harms and other serious health issues. At a time when cleaning products are flying off store shelves, and millions of children are spending their days at home and are more exposed to those products, consumers should have the information they need to choose products that are right for their health and the health of their families.

    We're calling on Congress to pass legislation requiring that any health risks associated with the chemicals in a cleaning product be disclosed on the product's label. Add your name today.

  • Help get critical medical supplies directly to areas in need

    In late April, America surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. But our health care workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on Congress to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas. Add your name today.

  • Take action to ensure refunds for cancelled air travel

    Thousands of Americans have cancelled travel plans as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country -- but it's still nearly impossible to get money back from airlines for cancelled tickets.

    This bill will change that, requiring airlines to offer full refunds to all travelers who cancel their plans. Send a message urging your U.S. senators to support the Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020.

  • Help get critical medical supplies directly to areas in need

    In late April, America surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. But our health care workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

    To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases, suppliers are charging outrageous prices as states, local governments and hospitals are forced to bid against each other over equipment.

    We're calling on Congress to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas. Add your name today.

  • TELL YOUR U.S. HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE: HELP PROTECT AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT

    It's clear that the companies that hold massive amounts of our personal data aren't doing enough to keep it safe. And we aren't waiting for companies to get their act together.

    U.S. PIRG and our national network helped win a federal law to give every citizen access to free credit report freezes in the wake of the Equifax hack. The next step is to make these freezes the default setting.

    Tell your U.S. House representative to support this common-sense step to protect consumers.

  • Protect consumers from debt collection harassment during the coronavirus crisis

    CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger:

    At a moment of intense financial vulnerability for millions of Americans, harassment from debt collectors is one more stress consumers don't need. Yet, since March 1, more than 6,000 complaints about issues with debt collection have been submitted to your agency's online database.

    Americans have enough to worry about without debt collectors harassing them or garnishing their much-needed stimulus payments from the CARES Act. I urge you to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by cracking down on any debt collectors that ignore forbearance or loan modification policies designed to give consumers a break.

    Sincerely,

  • Call on your governor to expand vote-by-mail opportunities during COVID-19

    Voters shouldn't have to choose between protecting their health and participating in our democracy this November. To ensure that every eligible voter can safely cast a ballot in the presidential election, our states need to make expanding vote-by-mail a key part of their plans. Send a message to your governor today.

  • We must remove barriers to ventilator repair immediately

    Thanks to the public pressure created by people like you, manufacturers GE, Medtronic, Zoll, and Fisher & Paykel are loosening repair restrictions on ventilators to help hospitals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Now, we're calling on governors to issue executive orders compelling holdouts such as Dräger and Vyaire to do the same. With your help, we know we can win here, too.

  • Congress must get emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service

    As COVID-19 keeps Americans confined to their homes, the U.S. Postal Service has been an essential service, delivering medicine, voting ballots and emergency relief checks to our homes every day.

    But now, as the coronavirus pandemic slashes mail volume, this vital service is in danger of insolvency. Tell your U.S. senators to support legislation to get emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Service immediately.

  • COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 TESTING

    Health professionals and experts say we don't have enough fast and accurate coronavirus tests to meet the current need.

    A chorus of experts, including former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, are also saying that fast, accurate and widespread testing will be key to moving safely out of social distancing and engaging in public life.

    We are calling on Adm. Brett Giroir, the testing chief in the U.S., to work with federal and state agencies and health experts to build up the fast, accurate and comprehensive testing infrastructure we need, including:

    1. Expanding testing capacity and expediting test processing, using the Defense Production Act to get the tests and supplies that health professionals need, set clear standards for quality, and expand testing options through newly authorized labs, drive-through and home testing options.

    1. Making serological antibody tests widely available, so we can know who has already had COVID-19 and can use that information to make decisions to move out of social distancing.

    1. Setting up a national, coordinated network that can identify and trace small future pockets of infection before they multiply into larger outbreaks.
  • Tell the EPA: Clean up toxic Superfund sites

    Under EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's watch, the EPA has allowed the largest buildup of unfunded, toxic Superfund sites in 15 years, putting the health of our communities at risk.

    Join us in calling on the EPA to do its job and prioritize cleaning up these toxic waste sites.

  • Tell your U.S. House representative: Help protect against identity theft

    It's clear that the companies that hold massive amounts of our personal data aren't doing enough to keep it safe. And we aren't waiting for companies to get their act together.

    U.S. PIRG and our national network helped win a federal law to give every citizen access to free credit report freezes in the wake of the Equifax hack. The next step is to make these freezes the default setting.

    Tell your U.S. House representative to support this common-sense step to protect consumers.

  • Tell your U.S. representative to shut down unlined coal ash storage ponds

    The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency wants to allow hundreds of coal ash ponds to continue operating without any lining -- putting our groundwater at serious risk of toxic contamination.

    This proposal puts our health and the health of our communities at risk. Take action: Let's tell Congress to mandate the closure of all unlined coal ash ponds.

  • Monsanto should warn buyers about Roundup's link to cancer

    The World Health Organization has declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is a "probable human carcinogen." But Monsanto, the company that produces Roundup, does not include this crucial information in the weed killer's warning label.

    In a lawsuit settlement in March, Monsanto agreed to remove certain language from Roundup's label after consumers alleged that glyphosate attacks an enzyme in humans as well as plants. But even with that language removed, Roundup's label still fails to warn consumers about glyphosate's link to cancer.

    We're calling on the EPA to order Monsanto to include glyphosate's identification as a probable human carcinogen on Roundup's warning label. Add your name today.

  • Tell the White House: Coordinate the purchase and distribution of medical equipment

    An investigation by ProPublica has revealed that suppliers of medical equipment and protective gear are using the COVID-19 crisis to drive up prices. As a result, some states -- including New York, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic -- are having to purchase lifesaving supplies at prices up to 15 times higher than normal.

    We’re calling on the White House to help prevent price hikes and needless competition when it comes to crucial medical equipment by coordinating a transparent, equitable and centralized system for the purchase and distribution of supplies directly to areas in need. Add your name today.

  • Make sure everyone who needs a test gets a test

    Health professionals say they don't have enough coronavirus tests available to test everyone who needs it, and so they're left largely in the dark on the scope of the problem and how to contain it.

    That's why we're calling on Admiral Brett Giroir, the new head of the coronavirus testing response, to immediately adopt a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test gets a test. Add your name now.

  • Tell Amazon: Protect consumers from price gouging

    As coronavirus has become an increasingly global threat, prices for supplies like hand sanitizer, sold on Amazon, have spiked.

    The world's leading online marketplace, Amazon, should be able to protect consumers in emergency situations from being taken advantage of. Tell Amazon to stop the price gouging before it happens.

  • Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing

    Health professionals and experts say we don't have enough fast and accurate coronavirus tests to meet the current need- treating everyone with symptoms and health professionals.

    A chorus of experts, including former Food and Drug Administration Commissioners like Scott Gottlieb, are also saying that fast, accurate, accurate and widespread testing will be key to moving safely out of social distancing and engaging in public life.

    We are calling on Admiral Giroir, the testing chief in the U.S, to work with federal and state agencies and health experts to build up the fast, accurate and comprehensive testing infrastructure we need including:

    *Expanded testing capacity and expedited test processing- using the Defense Production Act to get the tests and supplies that health professionals need, set clear standards for quality and expand testing options through newly authorized labs, drive-through and home testing options.

    *Making serological antibody tests widely available, so we can know who has already had COVID-19 and can use that information to make decisions to move out of social distancing.

    *Set up a national, coordinated network that can identify and trace small future pockets of infection, before they multiply into larger outbreaks.

  • Tell Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to support repair

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella,

    The idea that we should be able to fix our machines is not new -- using our electronic products for longer and upgrading them instead of replacing them dramatically cuts climate pollution and produces less waste.

    When products cannot be fixed, or the only option for repair is a manufacturer-approved location, that means many products that could be reused are thrown away.

    Microsoft has historically opposed Right to Repair, but your recent decision to make the Surface products more repairable is a critical step forward. Given your recent pledge to have Microsoft become carbon negative by 2030, and your leadership as a leading global technology company, we are calling on Microsoft to reverse its position on Right to Repair -- and start a new trend in more sustainable electronic devices.

  • Give caregivers a little credit

    More than 40 million Americans spend time caring for children or elderly family members without pay -- and that figure doesn't include the millions more that have joined their ranks to look after their young, elderly or ill loved ones since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Moreover, caregiving is only going to become more urgently needed as our country's population ages.

    Families who want to take care of those they love should have all the support they need. We can start by overhauling our policies to recognize the work of caregivers as valuable contributions to their communities -- beginning with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

    The EITC has been helping families make ends meet since 1975. But in its current form, it fails to recognize the contributions of unpaid caregivers. Tell your U.S. House representative: Support legislation to allow unpaid caregivers to benefit from the EITC today.

  • Call on the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

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    Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food supply.

    Researchers point to neonicotinoids as a leading cause of colony collapse. Neonicotinoids attack bees' central nervous system, causing brain damage, paralysis and death. I urge you to protect bees by banning the worst uses of all neonicotinoids, including all yard, garden and landscaping uses of neonicotinoids and the use of neonicotinoid-coated seeds in any setting.

    Sincerely,

  • Call on your state attorney general to investigate Amazon price gouging

    After the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, U.S. PIRG Education Fund found severe price gouging for hand sanitizer and face masks on Amazon's online marketplace. Nearly one in six of the products sold directly by Amazon had price spikes 50 percent higher than the average price.

    Despite efforts by online marketplaces and attorneys general, these problems continue. I urge you to protect consumers from being taken advantage of during this pandemic by investigating Amazon and other online marketplaces for enabling price gouging.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell airlines: Refund passengers for coronavirus cancellations

    Deciding not to fly is a healthy choice during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as the CDC recommends we all practice social distancing. Travelers who cancel their plans to protect their health shouldn't have to take a financial hit for making a responsible choice. I urge you to provide full refunds, not only travel vouchers, to customers who cancel their plans due to coronavirus.

  • Tell President Trump to ramp up ventilator production

    Health professionals warn we don't have enough ventilators to treat the projected number of COVID-19 patients. To save lives, the Trump administration should use its emergency powers to dramatically ramp up ventilator production over the next four weeks.

  • Double our ventilator supply now

    Experts are predicting a critical shortage of ventilators to deal with the projected number of COVID-19 patients, while still being able to meet the needs of all of the other patients who need ventilators to stay alive. Healthcare providers should not be forced to choose which patients under their care get life saving treatment, and which ones don't.

    It's time to use federal emergency powers to ramp up ventilator supply so that we can double the available number in the next four weeks. We're calling on you to use the Defense Production Act to generate manufacturing orders for new ventilators, require manufacturers to make repair information available, and coordinate the refurbishment of tens of thousands of older ventilators in storage across the country.

  • Support the Disaster Protection for Workers' Credit Act

    Many Americans will be running up their credit card balances or paying bills late just to get by until the coronavirus is under control. This bill will ensure extended protections for people who face lasting financial hardship from the outbreak.

    Send a message to your U.S. senators today urging them to support the Disaster Protection for Workers' Credit Act.

  • Urge Congress to protect our buses and trains during COVID-19

    Health care professionals, sanitation workers, grocery store clerks, and millions of other Americans rely on safe, clean and reliable public transportation every day. Urge Congress to secure emergency funding for our public transit agencies during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Add your name: Remove barriers to fixing ventilators

    U.S. hospitals do not have enough ventilators to meet the spike in cases of respiratory failure that the novel coronavirus is projected to create.

    As ventilators are pressed into round-the-clock use, repair and maintenance issues will increase. While some ventilator manufacturers provide the service information that biomedical technicians need, other manufacturers make it hard to access manuals, read error logs or run diagnostic tests. We need to remove those barriers now.

    Join us in calling on manufacturers to release the vital service information hospitals need to service and maintain all viable ventilators in the United States.

  • Tell the FTC: Stop price gouging during emergencies

    As more and more governors declare states of emergency over COVID-19, some businesses continue to significantly inflate prices for critical supplies.

    We need stronger action from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent sellers from taking advantage of consumers, potentially putting their health at risk.

  • Tell Congress: Freeze student loan repayment during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In order to stop the COVID-19 pandemic from getting worse, every single American must stay home and follow social distancing guidance from experts and elected officials. But it's clear that following that advice is going to have a severe economic impact on many, including leaving millions of student loan borrowers without income for months.

    We shouldn't force student loan borrowers to choose between their family's health, putting food on the table, or paying the bills. That's why we need Congress to cancel student loan payments until this crisis is over.

  • Make sure everyone who needs a test gets a test

    Health professionals say they don't have enough coronavirus tests available to test everyone who needs it, and so they're left largely in the dark on the scope of the problem and how to contain it.

    That's why we're calling on Admiral Brett Giroir, the new head of coronavirus testing response, to immediately adopt a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test gets a test.

    The plan, put forward by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler, MD, includes four crucial provisions:

    • Expand testing locations by granting universities and private institutions the ability to test, using drive-through testing, and getting Department of Defense medics to staff mobile testing units.
    • Expedite testing by directing UPS, Amazon, FedEx and USPS to coordinate on shipping.
    • Improve data management by getting Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others to consult on managing the huge flow of new data.
    • Communicate clearly by coordinating with the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other medical experts to give clear guidance on who needs a test, where to get the test, and what to make of the results.

    Beyond Commissioner Kessler's recommendations, U.S. PIRG Education Fund is calling on Adm. Giroir to increase the amount of test kits sent out into the field, and ensure that each testing location has the necessary tools to process the results swiftly.

    Send your message now.

  • Call on Congress to send Americans emergency cash to stay at home

    Federal and state officials are stating that anyone not part of providing essential basic services should stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. To prevent anyone from having to choose between working to pay for their family's needs and social distancing, the federal government should send Americans cash.

    Add your name to tell Congress to send people emergency cash so that everyone can afford to stay at home.

  • Tell the FTC: Stop price gouging during emergencies

    As more and more governors declare states of emergency over COVID-19, some businesses continue to significantly inflate prices for critical supplies.

    We need stronger action from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent sellers from taking advantage of consumers, potentially putting their health at risk.

  • Tell the governor to support our right to repair

    Every day, we throw away hundreds of thousands of resource-intensive phones and replace them from the ground up, in part because of unnecessary obstacles to repair put up by manufacturers.

    That's why we're calling on governors to support legislation that will make it easier for people to repair their devices, so that we spend less and waste less.

  • Make sure everyone who needs a test gets a test

    Health professionals say they don't have enough coronavirus tests available to test everyone who needs it, and so they're left largely in the dark on the scope of the problem and how to contain it.

    That's why we're calling on Admiral Brett Giroir, the new head of coronavirus testing response, to immediately adopt a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test gets a test.

    The plan, put forward by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler, MD, includes four crucial provisions:

    • Expand testing locations by granting universities and private institutions the ability to test, using drive-through testing, and getting Department of Defense medics to staff mobile testing units.
    • Expedite testing by directing UPS, Amazon, FedEx and USPS to coordinate on shipping.
    • Improve data management by getting Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others to consult on managing the huge flow of new data.
    • Communicate clearly by coordinating with the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other medical experts to give clear guidance on who needs a test, where to get the test, and what to make of the results.

    Beyond Commissioner Kessler's recommendations, U.S. PIRG is calling on Adm. Giroir to increase the amount of test kits sent out into the field, and ensure that each testing location has the necessary tools to process the results swiftly.

    Send your message now.

  • Make sure everyone who needs a test gets a test

    Health professionals say they don't have enough coronavirus tests available to test everyone who needs it, and so they're left largely in the dark on the scope of the problem and how to contain it.

    That's why we're calling on Admiral Brett Giroir, the new head of coronavirus testing response, to immediately adopt a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test gets a test.

    The plan, put forward by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler, MD, includes four crucial provisions:

    • Expand testing locations by granting universities and private institutions the ability to test, using drive-through testing, and getting Department of Defense medics to staff mobile testing units.
    • Expedite testing by directing UPS, Amazon, FedEx and USPS to coordinate on shipping.
    • Improve data management by getting Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others to consult on managing the huge flow of new data.
    • Communicate clearly by coordinating with the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other medical experts to give clear guidance on who needs a test, where to get the test, and what to make of the results.

    Beyond Commissioner Kessler's recommendations, U.S. PIRG is calling on Adm. Giroir to increase the amount of test kits sent out into the field, and ensure that each testing location has the necessary tools to process the results swiftly.

    Send your message now.

  • Make sure everyone who needs a test gets a test

    Health professionals say they don't have enough coronavirus tests available to test everyone who needs it, and so they're left largely in the dark on the scope of the problem and how to contain it.

    That's why we're calling on Admiral Brett Giroir, the new head of coronavirus testing response, to immediately adopt a plan to make sure that everyone who needs a test gets a test.

    The plan, put forward by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner David Kessler, MD, includes four crucial provisions:

    • Expand testing locations by granting universities and private institutions the ability to test, using drive-through testing, and getting Department of Defense medics to staff mobile testing units.
    • Expedite testing by directing UPS, Amazon, FedEx and USPS to coordinate on shipping.
    • Improve data management by getting Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others to consult on managing the huge flow of new data.
    • Communicate clearly by coordinating with the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other medical experts to give clear guidance on who needs a test, where to get the test, and what to make of the results.

    Beyond Commissioner Kessler's recommendations, U.S. PIRG is calling on Adm. Giroir to increase the amount of test kits sent out into the field, and ensure that each testing location has the necessary tools to process the results swiftly.

    Send your message now.

  • Tell Congress: Stop reckless deregulation

    To prevent economic disaster in the face of the disease's spread, we need strong regulation more than ever -- but big banks are using the coronavirus as an opportunity to call for reckless deregulation. Send a message to Congress to help ensure that we don't ease up on vital rules when we need them most.

  • Protect frontline workers from coronavirus

    We're calling on the Secretary of Labor to enact an emergency standard to protect frontline workers, including first responders and health care workers, from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Ensuring their safety will help ensure all of ours.

  • Tell the FTC: Stop Unfair Car Dealer Tricks

    Some car dealerships have been caught using deceptive tactics that lock Americans into high-cost car loans they don't deserve. This has helped fuel the historic rise of auto debt that could threaten the financial health of Americans.

    Consumers should not have to worry about being taken advantage of when they go to buy, lease or trade-in a vehicle. The Federal Trade Commission should use the power Congress gave it in 2010 to write rules to prevent unfair or deceptive car dealer practices related to the sale, financing, or leasing of automobiles.

  • Tell Amazon: Protect consumers from price gouging

    As coronavirus has become an increasingly global threat, prices for supplies like hand sanitizer, sold on Amazon, have spiked.

    The world's leading online marketplace, Amazon, should be able to protect consumers in emergency situations from being taken advantage of. Tell Amazon to stop the price gouging before it happens.

  • Tell Amazon: Protect consumers from price gouging

    As coronavirus has become an increasingly global threat, prices for supplies like hand sanitizer, sold on Amazon, have spiked.

    The world's leading online marketplace, Amazon, should be able to protect consumers in emergency situations from being taken advantage of. Tell Amazon to stop the price gouging before it happens.

  • Tell Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to support repair

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella,

    The idea that we should be able to fix our machines is not new -- using our electronic products for longer and upgrading them instead of replacing them dramatically cuts climate pollution and produces less waste.

    When products cannot be fixed, or the only option for repair is a manufacturer-approved location, that means many products which could be reused are thrown away.

    Microsoft has historically opposed Right to Repair, but your recent decision to make the Surface products more repairable is a critical step forward. Given your recent pledge to have Microsoft become carbon negative by 2030, and your leadership as a leading global technology company, we are calling on Microsoft to reverse its position on Right to Repair -- and start a new trend in more sustainable electronic devices.

  • It's time to end "pay-for-delay" deals

    Too often, generic and name-brand prescription drug makers strike deals to postpone generic medications and keep competition out of the marketplace, costing us, as consumers and patients, an estimated $3.5 billion each year in higher drug prices.

    Tell your governor: It's time to end pay-for-delay.

  • Ask your state senator: Support a ban on single-use polystyrene foam

    Not only have we generated so much plastic trash that we need to send it overseas; now, the countries we've been sending it to have stopped taking it.

    Recycling isn't enough anymore. We need to start sharply reducing our plastic consumption -- and that means banning the worst forms of single-use plastic outright, state by state.

    Let's start with single-use polystyrene foam, one of the most environmentally destructive and hardest-to-recycle plastics out there. Tell your state senator to support a statewide ban today.

  • Ask your governor: Save antibiotics, stop their overuse on factory farms

    Antibiotic overuse breeds superbugs that already kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. What's behind this overuse? Two-thirds of all the medically important antibiotics that are sold in the U.S. each year go to meat production, and producers routinely dose their livestock even when they aren't sick.

    States can help put a stop to this. Tell your governor to support a law that allows the use of medically important antibiotics on livestock only to treat a sick animal or to control a verified disease outbreak.

  • Tell your U.S. House representative to vote yes on the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020

    More than 90 percent of plastic waste in the United States is never recycled. But new federal legislation would help slash that number by compelling large plastic producers to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs, and would reduce and/or ban plastic items that are simply not recyclable.

    Tell your representative to vote yes on the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 today.

  • Electric buses for America

    All-electric buses are here -- and they're cleaner, healthier and often less expensive to run in the long-term.

    Call on your state legislators to support legislation to make every school and transit bus in your state electric by 2030.

  • Student Leader Statement Against Automatic Billing

    Textbook prices are out of control and have become a serious obstacle to the affordability of a college education. The textbook market is rigged so that publishers can generate huge profits and engage in bad practices at students' expense. The latest tactic they use is to automatically bill students for unfair access codes by putting a charge on their tuition bill. Automatic billing eliminates cheaper alternatives, and harms student and faculty choice.

    Fortunately, we have solutions to this problem in the form of "open textbooks" -- high-quality books that are published under and open license and available to students for free.

    As a member of my student government, I am opposed to the automatic billing of access codes and other digital materials. I support the use of open textbooks and urge my college and colleges across the country to support the use of open textbooks when academically appropriate.

  • Submit a public comment in support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative

    The Transportation and Climate Initiative is an opportunity for our state to reduce fossil fuel emissions and invest in clean transportation, like electric cars and buses, charging infrastructure, sidewalks/bike lanes, and regional rail.

    I urge you to move forward with TCI, and require that the revenue generated by the program is used to expand clean transportation. There are simply too many cars on the road -- leading to increased asthma rates, traffic congestion problems, and a warming climate.

    In particular, I'd like TCI funds to go towards zero-emission electric buses, EV charging infrastructure, expanded and improved bike lanes and regional rail, as well as tax rebates toward private EV ownership.

    Sincerely,

  • Affordable Textbooks Faculty Statement of Support

    The cost of textbooks is already too high -- and automatic billing will make the problem worse. We need faculty and campus administrators to stand up for students and push for more affordable alternatives.

  • Tell your senators to get PFAS pollution out of our drinking water

    Toxic PFAS contamination threatens the drinking water of millions of Americans. The U.S. Senate can help end this public health crisis by passing the PFAS Action Act. Tell your senators to protect our drinking water.

  • Send a message to improve transparency in your state

    Economic development subsidies are awarded by states to private companies in an effort to stoke investment and job creation -- but information about these subsidies can be difficult or impossible to find. We deserve to know how our tax dollars are being spent, and whether the programs they fund are meeting their goals.

    There are important steps every state can take to improve transparency and accountability -- starting with the publication of an online annual report detailing all active subsidy programs in the state across all agencies and how much they spend in taxpayer dollars each year.

  • It's time to establish safety standards for car seats in side-impact crashes

    A ProPublica investigation found some side-impact tests for car seats are nearly impossible to fail, leaving young children at risk for serious injury. We need dangerous car seats taken out of circulation and to establish standardized testing for side-impact collisions, just like we did for front-impacts, that will hold manufacturers accountable and keep kids safe on the road.

    Sincerely,

  • No Pyrethroids Until They're Proven Safe

    New research has revealed that exposure to pyrethroids -- pesticides commonly used in homes and in agriculture -- may increase the risk of death by up to 56 percent. Dangerous chemicals have no place in our homes and on our food. I strongly support a moratorium on pyrethroids unless and until these chemicals are proven safe.

  • End Predatory Lending: Pass the Veterans & Consumers Fair Credit Act

    Payday, installment and car title loans with astronomical interest rates trap millions of Americans in debt every year.

    Congress is considering H.R. 5050, the bipartisan Veterans & Consumers Fair Credit Act. The VCFCA would put an end to predatory lending by capping interest rates on these types of loans at 36% APR -- a proven method that's already working in more than a dozen states. But the predatory lending industry is fighting tooth and nail to stop the bill.

    Make your voice heard: Urge your member of Congress to end predatory lending by supporting H.R. 5050.

  • Toxic chemicals have no place in our personal care products

    When the FDA discovers toxic chemicals in our personal care and beauty products, the decision to pull the product is left to the company that sells it. This needs to change.

    Ask your governor to support legislation that will ban toxic chemicals from personal care and beauty products, and give your state the authority to issue recalls.

  • Food Recall Failure: Will your supermarket warn you about hazardous food?

    Millions get sick every year from foodborne illnesses like E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella that have contaminated our food. All too often, this happens after food has been recalled. shouldn't have to go on a scavenger hunt to find out if the food I purchased was recalled. I want you to use the best recall notification tools possible to warn me including direct notifications and visible in-store posters as outlined by U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the CPSC to ban dangerous inclined infant sleepers

    Acting Chairman Adler and Commissioners Kaye, Baiocco, and Feldman,

    Years of expert medical advice and independent research prove that inclined infant sleepers pose a serious suffocation threat to babies. These products are dangerous for use under any circumstances, and we can't risk putting one more infant's life at risk. We ask that you expand safe sleep guidelines to cover all infant sleep products and issue a full recall of any inclined sleepers already in stores, homes, and day care facilities.

    Sincerely,

  • It's time to ban Roundup

    In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's absurd that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Urge your governor to ban Roundup now.

  • Let us fix our stuff

    We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills.

    We should give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools, and service information they need to repair products by passing Right to Repair reforms in Hawaii.

  • It's time to ban DEHP

    We've known for years that the common plastic additive DEHP (di-ethylhexyl phthalate) is linked to serious health effects, including reproductive problems.

    No product should put you or your loved one's health at risk. Join us in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban DEHP in all plastics manufacturing.

  • Tell your senators and representative: Co-sponsor the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act of 2019

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the public in the winter of 2019 not to eat romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, because of yet another E. coli outbreak -- the fifth in two years. But, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still lacks the authority it needs to keep us safe.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) recently introduced the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act of 2019. The legislation would give the FDA the authority to follow the clues wherever they lead in foodborne illness outbreak investigations, including to factory farms. Ask your U.S. senators and representative to co-sponsor.

  • Call on your governor to make it easier to drive less and live more in our country

    It's possible to eliminate roadway deaths in our country and nationwide. But to get there, we need to take action. Send a message to the governor: Let's get to zero roadway deaths.

  • Tell Congress: Our Morning Routine Should Be Toxic-Free

    The moisturizer we rub into our skin, the shampoo we lather into our scalp, and the makeup we apply to our eyes, skin and lips shouldn't harm our health.

    Unfortunately, lead, formaldehyde, asbestos, and mercury are just a few of the better known toxic chemicals routinely found in beauty and personal care products sold on store shelves.

    Please send a message to your member of Congress to support The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 4296 by Jan Schakowsky), a federal bill to ban over a dozen of the worst chemicals from cosmetics and fund research into safer alternatives.

  • Tell your state senator to pass right to repair legislation

    Nikon's decision to revoke authorized repair is just the canary in the coal mine. We're counting on states to act to secure our right to repair before even more of our devices, tools and appliances become subject to unnecessary obstacles to repair.

    Tell your state senator to pass right to repair legislation.

  • Tell the EPA: Protect kids' health. Ban chlorpyrifos.

    The EPA's own scientists have linked chlorpyrifos to serious health problems for children, including brain damage. The agency has even banned it from most household uses because it's so toxic.

    But under the Trump administration, the EPA has walked back efforts ban this pesticide nationwide -- putting more children at risk. Send a message to the EPA now.

  • Tell Congress: Remove gag on product injury data.

    Safety regulators are consistently prohibited from releasing injuries and deaths tied to specific consumer products, such as toys, cribs, appliances and consumer electronics. This leaves dangerous products on the market like inclined sleepers, even when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) knows dozens of infants suffocated in them.

    It's time Congress lifted the gag order on critical product injury data so everyone can be safer.

  • Electric buses for our state

    All-electric buses are here -- and they're cleaner, healthier and often cheaper to run in the long-term.

    Call on our state legislators to make every school and transit bus in our state electric by 2030.

  • Tell your governor to ban dicamba

    For the third year in a row, the toxic weed killer dicamba has been drifting, getting into the air we breathe, and damaging or destroying everything in its path except the one soybean plant that has been modified to be resistant to its chemicals. This pesticide is putting our health and our communities at risk. Call on your governor to support a ban on dicamba.

  • Ask your governor to support funding for electric buses

    In recent years, electric buses have seen major gains in battery life and durability. Now, cities around the country are replacing their polluting diesel transit fleets with electric models, and seeing the benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air.

  • Tell your senators and representative: Co-sponsor the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act of 2019

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the public not to eat romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, because of yet another E. coli outbreak -- the fifth in two years. But, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still lacks the authority it needs to keep us safe.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (C.T.) recently introduced the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act of 2019. The legislation would give the FDA the authority to follow the clues wherever they lead in foodborne illness outbreak investigations, including to factory farms. Ask your U.S. senators and representative to co-sponsor.

  • Call on Coca-Cola to take the lead and move beyond plastic

    Dear Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey,

    We're in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis, and Coca-Cola was just named the top global corporate plastic polluter for the second year in a row. It's time to change that.

    Coca-Cola should commit to reducing the amount of plastic used, as part of a greater effort to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of your products.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the Trump Administration to protect kids from nicotine addiction

    One in four high school students are using e-cigarettes, with damaging consequences for their futures and their health. Vaping often delivers a highly addictive dose of nicotine, which can impact brain development, impair learning and contribute to mood disorders.

    Tobacco companies use flavors to target kids. Flavors make it easier for young people to start using tobacco products because they hide the bad taste of tobacco, and make the practice seem harmless. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 70 percent of current youth e-cigarette users said that they used e-cigarettes "because they come in flavors I like."

    That's why I'm writing to urge you to follow through on your announcement to take all flavored e-cigarettes off the market, including mint and menthol.

  • Tell the governor to support our right to repair

    Every day, we throw away hundreds of thousands of resource-intensive phones and replace them from the ground up, in part because of unnecessary obstacles to repair put up by manufacturers.

    That's why we're calling on governors to support legislation that will make it easier for people to repair their devices, so that we spend less and waste less.

  • Tell the EPA to get the lead out of our drinking water

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    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler:

    For the sake of our drinking water and our children's health, I urge you to order the replacement of all lead service lines within 10 years or less, as part of EPA's update to the Lead & Copper Rule.

    The drinking water of millions of Americans is being contaminated with lead. EPA's own research confirms that lead service lines are a primary cause of this contamination. That is why experts have been calling for the full replacement of these toxic pipes as soon as possible.

    To be sure, EPA's proposals to strengthen testing and corrosion control are steps in the right direction. But these modest measures pale in comparison to the importance of removing the sources of contamination.

    The tragic truth is that, over the course of decades, we built parts of our water infrastructure with a potent neurotoxin. There is no shortcut to solve this problem. It's time to get the lead out.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Ban plastic pollution from the fossil fuel industry

    Last year, plastic plants discharged more than 128 million pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways -- including approximately 78,000 pounds of the most toxic chemicals. Unless swift and sweeping action is taken, this plastic pollution crisis will only get worse. Join U.S. PIRG and our national network today in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban plastic pollution in our waterways.

  • Call on the EPA to get "forever chemicals" out of our drinking water

    Toxic forever chemicals -- also known as PFAS -- have found their way into the soil, groundwater, and, especially in certain regions, our drinking water. No dangerous chemical should be allowed to threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. Tell the EPA today to ban further use of PFAS chemicals until and unless any specific one is proven safe.

  • Tell your senators to protect your credit

    After numerous security breaches at major firms like Equifax and Capital One, hundreds of millions of Americans have had their financial data compromised.

    Tell your senators to support the Consumer Credit Control Act to help prevent identity theft by freezing your credit reports by default, free of cost.

  • Call on Coca-Cola to take the lead and move beyond plastic

    Dear Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey,

    We're in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis, and Coca-Cola was just named the top global corporate plastic polluter for the second year in a row. It's time to change that.

    Coca-Cola should commit to reducing the amount of plastic used, as part of a greater effort to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of your products.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Apple to make its products repairable

    Apple CEO Tim Cook,

    Because they are difficult to repair, and because the batteries wear out, Apple's wireless headphones are essentially disposable. This has a big toll on the environment.

    I urge you to redesign AirPods so that they can be fixed, and to commit to release only repairable products in the future.

    By offering products that are easier to repair, Apple has an opportunity to use its resources and popularity to shift the tech industry toward more sustainable products, which will stay in our hands and on our desks -- not in our trash.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Apple to make its products repairable

    Apple CEO Tim Cook,

    Because they are difficult to repair, and because the batteries wear out, Apple's wireless headphones are essentially disposable. This has a big toll on the environment.

    It's becoming all-too-common for modern devices to be difficult or impractical to fix, leading to a high rate of obsolescence and a growing electronic waste problem. By offering products that are easier to repair, Apple can use its resources and popularity to shift the tech industry toward more sustainable products, which will stay in our hands and on our desks -- not in our trash.

    I urge you to implement sustainable designs that will allow customers to fix their Apple hardware, and to offer the replacement parts, tools, repair software and manuals necessary to carry out these repairs at fair prices.

    Apple's commitment to repairable design will help make our world a cleaner, safer, and healthier place.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your governor to champion our right to repair

    We should be able to fix the things we own. Call on your governor to champion our right to repair.

  • Tell the EPA: Ban Plastic Pollution From the Fossil Fuel Industry

    Last year, plastic plants discharged more than 128 million pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways -- including approximately 78,000 pounds of the most toxic chemicals. Unless swift and sweeping action is taken, this plastic pollution crisis will only get worse. Join U.S. PIRG and our national network today in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency for a ban on plastic pollution in our waterways.

  • Tell your governor: Support a permanent ban on flavored e-cigarettes

    New research from the Yale School of Medicine shows that inhaling flavored nicotine can make this harmful chemical even more addictive. As the teen vaping crisis reaches epidemic proportions, it's more important than ever that states permanently ban flavored e-cigarettes.

  • It's Time to get Toxic Chemicals off our Farms

    Dicamba hurts farms that don't use Monsanto's resistant seeds, and harms wild plants. Evidence suggests that it can even increase cancer risk. So why do we use it -- and so many toxic chemicals like it -- to grow our food?

    We know a better way to farm. Call on your legislators to invest in programs that help farmers reduce their chemical use.

  • Defend net neutrality

    The internet belongs to everyone and every idea. That’s what net neutrality protects. Without it, the internet will be under the control of powerful telephone and cable company gatekeepers.

    A federal court of appeals just upheld the Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality protections. But there was also some good news: It also said that states and local governments can write their own rules. Call on the governor to pass net neutrality legislation now.

  • Add your name: ban single-use polystyrene cups and containers

    Americans throw away an estimated 25 billion polystyrene cups every single year, contributing to our growing plastic waste crisis. Nearly every piece of polystyrene ever made is still out there, clogging our landfills, littering our streets, or polluting our parks, rivers and oceans.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our future for hundreds of years. Tell your state decision-maker to ban single-use cups and containers today.

  • Urge your U.S. senators to support the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act

    ARBAN bans asbestos use and imports, without exceptions or exemptions.

  • Stop the sale of dangerous recalled cars

    Executive Chairman Michael J. Jackson,

    Research by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found unsafe recalled used cars for sale at every AutoNation location surveyed. Notifying customers they may be purchasing a dangerous, unrepaired recalled car is insufficient, and puts their lives at risk. AutoNation should reinstitute its 2015 policy of not selling used cars with unrepaired recalls. Lives depend on it.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the FDA to stop allowing the routine use of medically important antibiotics

    More than 23,000 Americans die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections. Stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms will help us keep our life-saving medicines effective.

    Add your name to our petition to the Food and Drug Administration, asking them to take stronger action to preserve our life-saving antibiotics.

  • Tell UPS: It's time to go electric

    A few weeks ago, Amazon set the bar when it announced plans to roll out 100,000 electric delivery vans by 2024.

    Now imagine if UPS, with its fleet of 123,000 vehicles, did the same. Tell UPS to commit to replacing its polluting diesel vehicles with clean, electric ones.

  • Stop the Sale of Dangerous Recalled Cars

    Michael J. Jackson, Executive Chairman,

    Research by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found unsafe, recalled used cars for sale at every AutoNation location surveyed. Notifying customers they may be purchasing a dangerous, unrepaired recalled car is insufficient, and puts their lives at risk. AutoNation should re-institute its 2015 policy of not selling used cars with unrepaired recalls. Lives depend on it.

    Sincerely,

  • Stop the Sale of Dangerous Recalled Cars

    Michael J. Jackson, Executive Chairman,

    Research by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found unsafe, recalled used cars for sale at every AutoNation location surveyed. Notifying customers they may be purchasing a dangerous, unrepaired recalled car is insufficient, and puts their lives at risk. AutoNation should re-institute its 2015 policy of not selling used cars with unrepaired recalls. Lives depend on it.

    Sincerely,

  • Ban Salmonella In Meat

    A fast moving outbreak of antibiotic resistant Salmonella has already infected more than 250 people. The USDA should ban the sale of meat contaminated with dangerous Salmonella.

  • Electric buses for your state

    There's no reason we should keep putting our kids on buses that are making them sick and making the climate crisis worse -- not when there's a better option.

    Call on your state legislators to make every school and transit bus electric by 2030.

  • What does cheaper meat really cost?

    Every year, our antibiotics become less effective due to overuse, costing thousands of lives in the U.S. Without intervention, experts estimate that by 2050, deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections will surpass present-day cancer deaths.

    By limiting the length of time for which meat producers can administer antibiotics to 21 days or less, the U.S. Senate can help minimize the risk of antibiotic-resistance from farms, and help preserve our antibiotics for future generations.

  • Tell the EPA to ban spraying antibiotics on citrus trees

    The Environmental Protection Agency ignored warnings from federal scientists when it proposed spraying two types of antibiotics used in human medicine -- to treat pneumonia and syphilis (among other infections) -- in U.S. citrus groves. The widespread application of these important medicines risks creating antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."

    A new study focusing on one of those antibiotics found that spraying the drug on citrus trees has almost no effect on the citrus infection growers hope to treat known as "greening" -- The effects of the drug's overuse on human health, however, could be serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that using antibiotics in this way can breed antibiotic resistant bacteria that may pose serious risks to human health.

    Our antibiotics are too critical to throw away spraying them on oranges. Tell the EPA to rescind its approval for spraying our life-saving medicines on citrus trees before they lose their effectiveness.

  • Limit the use of medically important antibiotics to 21 days or less in food-producing animals

    Acting FDA Commissioner Norman Sharpless,

    Every year, thousands of people die in the U.S. because of antibiotic resistant infections, caused in large part by the overuse of medically important antibiotics. Industrial farms account for the majority of medically important antibiotics sold in the United States, and meat producers often use the drugs to compensate for unsanitary, overcrowded, and stressful conditions. That routine antibiotic use makes industrial farms hotbeds for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    I urge you to set duration limits of 21 days or less on all medically important antibiotics used in food-producing animals, which will minimize the risk of breeding resistant strains of bacteria.

    We cannot afford to lose this bedrock of modern medicine.

  • Tell your governor: Stop wasting money on highway boondoggles

    We need to stop wasting money on expensive highway projects that don't solve congestion and don't meet our changing transportation needs. Tell your governor to oppose highway boondoggles today.

  • Tell the EPA not to relax coal ash storage regulations

    The EPA wants to roll back regulations on coal ash storage sites -- a decision which will increase the risk of toxic ash contaminating nearby water sources -- despite the fact that more than a hundred coal ash sites exist in high-risk flood zones.

    Coal ash spills due to flooding have caused billions of dollars in damage, have been linked to cancer and other diseases in workers who clean them up, and pose an imminent threat to public health.

    Weigh in before the comment period closes. Tell the EPA not to relax coal ash storage protections.

  • Tell Congress: Act on plastic pollution

    It's time to move beyond single-use plastic, starting by getting rid of the most harmful waste and stopping the use of things we truly don't need.

    Send a message to your state's federal legislators: Support ambitious nationwide legislation to move us beyond single-use plastics and increase the availability of reusable and recyclable alternatives.

  • Tell Congress: Act on plastic pollution

    It's time to move beyond single-use plastic, starting by getting rid of the most harmful waste and stopping the use of things we truly don't need.

    Send a message to your state's federal legislators: Support ambitious nationwide legislation to move us beyond single-use plastics and increase the availability of reusable and recyclable alternatives.

  • It's time to move California beyond plastic

    The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act will reduce single-use plastic and packaging waste by 75 percent by 2030.

    The two identical bills that form the Act are on Governor Newsom's desk, so we need to let him know that Californians support a future beyond plastic for our state.

  • Call on the CFPB to investigate Wells Fargo for its latest wrongdoing

    CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger,

    The CFPB has taken action against Wells Fargo to protect consumers in the past, and the bureau needs to do so again.

    Bank customers and employees have reported that accounts customers closed were kept open two months after their closing date -- and Wells Fargo charged these accounts overdraft fees as the bank continued to honor withdrawals.

    When Wells Fargo closes an account, it should be closed. Period. I urge the CFPB to investigate Wells Fargo for wrongdoing now.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress: Act on plastic pollution

    Every day, people throw away tons of plastic "stuff" -- cups, bags, containers and more. All of this waste not only clogs our landfills, trashes our parks, and litters our streets, but it also washes into our rivers and oceans, where it can harm wildlife.

    It's time to move beyond single-use plastic, by getting rid of the most harmful waste, and stopping the use of things we truly don't need.

  • Tell your U.S. House Representative: Don't let the USDA slash food safety inspections.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is about to approve a regulation cutting back on safety inspections at pork processing plants and letting pork company employees to do most of the inspecting. We should be more careful with our food, not less.

    Tell your U.S. House Representative: Don't let the USDA slash food safety inspections.

  • Tell the UDSA: put public health and food safety first.

    We should all be able to be confident that the pork (or other meat) we buy for our families won't make us sick.

    Unfortunately, the USDA's proposed Swine Slaughter rule to increase line speeds at pork slaughterhouses will undermine food safety by reducing inspections. Americans' health will suffer. I urge you not to implement it.

  • Urge your U.S. Senators to support the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act

    ARBAN bans asbestos use and imports, without exceptions or exemptions.

  • Electric Buses for Your State

    Dear State Legislator,

    Getting to school or commuting to work shouldn't include a daily dose of toxic pollution, or increase the chances that people will get sick. And why would we continue to use dirty diesel buses--many of which our tax dollars pay for--if they are making the climate crisis worse?

    All-electric buses are here--and they're cleaner, healthier and often cheaper to run in the long-term. We urge you to make every school and transit bus in our state electric by 2030.

    Sincerely,

  • Honor our Right to Repair

    Dear Apple CEO Tim Cook,

    We are concerned that Apple is attempting to discourage all independent repair, and object to the new battery warnings on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and IPhone XR.

    Repair saves money and reduces electronic waste, and represents a critical aspect of your environmental obligation. Apple should lead other manufacturers by embracing and empowering repair instead of trying to force all repairs to a narrow set of Apple-controlled repair shops, which limits choice and increases costs.

  • Tell McDonald's: Cut back on Plastic

    As the planet chokes on an ever-increasing amount of plastic waste, we need to cut back our plastic use everywhere we can. McDonald's serves up 1.2 billion Happy Meals each year -- that's a lot of toys that, for the most part, will be played with for just a few minutes and thrown away. I strongly urge you to stop including plastic toys with your Happy Meals to cut back on plastic waste and build a more sustainable business.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress: Companies shouldn't regulate themselves

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has slowly but surely been passing regulatory duties over to Boeing for years. Now, it turns out that the FAA never independently assessed the risks of the dangerous system that caused two deadly Boeing crashes at all.

    With lives at stake, companies shouldn't regulate themselves. Tell Congress to pass legislation banning the FAA from handing off any testing responsibility to companies.

  • Urge the FTC to investigate Deceptive Apps

    The popular photo-altering app FaceApp uploaded the photos it manipulates to external servers without asking for the user's consent. To use the app, users also granted FaceApp a license over their photos that is "perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, [and] fully-paid." Millions of Americans' photos and data could potentially have been put at risk by FaceApp -- and other deceptive applications like it. I strongly urge you to investigate FaceApp's privacy risks, and the risks of other apps that misuse our data.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Require warning labels on Roundup

    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

    Glyphosate is classified by the World Health Organization's cancer agency as a "probable carcinogen." As long as glyphosate remains available on the shelf, consumers have the right to know that this herbicide is dangerous. I strongly urge you to require warning labels on products containing glyphosate.

  • End the nicotine trap

    A Juul representative told a ninth-grade classroom its product is "totally safe." This isn't true, though.

    Recent studies show that nicotine vaping -- which has skyrocketed among teens in recent years -- could be linked to serious health risks, including seizures, heart attacks and worsened asthma.

    In adolescents, nicotine exposure can impair brain development, impact learning and contribute to mood disorders. It can also increase the risk of addiction to other dangerous substances. Young adults who vape are three times more likely to start smoking cigarettes, one of the deadliest habits around.

  • Tell your governor: End the nicotine trap

    Recent research suggests that vaping -- which surged in popularity among teens last year -- could be linked to serious health effects, including seizures, heart attacks and worsened asthma. Vaping also increases the risk of future addiction to other dangerous substances. Research suggests that young adults who vape are three times more likely to start smoking cigarettes, one of the deadliest habits known to humankind.

    And youth vaping is on the rise, with kids drawn in part to the wide variety of sweet flavors that vaping liquids come in, like fruit medley, mango and mint. One and a half million more young people picked up the habit in 2018 as compared to the previous year -- a nearly 80 percent increase.

    Tell your governor to support legislation that takes all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, off the market and out of kids' hands.

  • Tell the EPA: We should be making it more difficult to pollute, not easier.

    We know that water and air pollution is incredibly hazardous to our health. I strongly oppose taking away the rules that give my community a voice in deciding how much pollution may legally be released by nearby power plants and factories. I urge the EPA to make it harder to pollute our air and water, not easier.

  • Support the Climate Risk Disclosure Act

    The Climate Risk Disclosure Act would provide transparency about the dangers that climate change poses for American businesses, their employees and investors. Tell your U.S. representative to vote "yes" today.

  • Tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Keep kids safe from recalled products

    A new survey reveals 1 in 10 child care facilities are still using dangerous recalled sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play or the Kids II Rocking sleeper because many parents or caretakers never heard about the recall.

    You should require companies to directly notify customers about recalls, including these, by working with retailers to identify who bought the products and targeted marketing on social media like companies do when they want to sell a product.

  • Tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Keep kids safe from recalled products

    A new survey reveals 1 in 10 child care facilities are still using dangerous recalled sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play or the Kids II Rocking Sleeper because many parents or caretakers never heard about the recall.

    You should require companies to directly notify customers about recalls, including these, by working with retailers to identify who bought the products and targeted marketing on social media like companies do when they want to sell a product.

  • Tell the EPA: We should be making it more difficult to pollute, not easier.

    We know that water and air pollution is incredibly hazardous to our health. I strongly oppose taking away the rules that give my community a voice in deciding how much pollution may legally be released by nearby power plants and factories. I urge the EPA to make it harder to pollute our air and water, not easier.

  • Amazon: Take Responsibility for Toxic Products

    Amazon customers are being exposed to toxic or hazardous products without being warned that their purchase could put them at risk. Without Amazon's marketplace, many of these toxic products would not be able to reach consumers. It's time for you to take responsibility and ensure that potentially hazardous products in your marketplace are clearly labeled.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your U.S. senators to restore net neutrality

    Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now have the power to slow down or charge extra for websites and email deliveries they don't like. That's not fair. The House of Representatives recently passed the Save The Internet Act of 2019 (H.R. 1644), which restores net neutrality -- the policy that says internet service providers have to treat all websites equally.

    The bill is now in the hands of the Senate, which passed a similar bill last year. But there's no guarantee that the Senate leadership will allow H.R.1644 to come to a vote this year. Please send a message to your senators, urging her or him to encourage Roger Wicker, the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee.

  • Tell your representative: Ban the use of credit checks to make employment decisions

    Your credit report can determine a lot of things: whether you can take out that mortgage, buy a new car, or open a new credit card. But should your credit report also determine whether you get hired for a new job?

    Tell your representative to pass the Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act today.

  • Tell the FDA to keep our food safe

    Dear FDA Chairman Norman Sharpless,

    In the 21st century, Americans shouldn't have to question the safety of their food, much less spend days in the emergency room because of produce contaminated with dangerous bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. I urge the FDA to immediately implement regulations limiting dangerous bacteria in the water used on our crops and food.

    Sincerely,

  • Take action to prevent data breaches and protect consumers

    Two years ago, Equifax's data breach exposed 147 million Americans to potential identity theft. We need Congress to take action to protect us from future breaches.

    The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act will help ensure that credit bureaus are keeping our sensitive information safe, and will impose fines on bureaus that fail to protect our data. Tell your senators today to pass this legislation now.

  • Take action to prevent data breaches and protect consumers

    Two years ago, Equifax's data breach exposed 147 million Americans to potential identity theft. We need Congress to hold Equifax accountable and take action to protect us from future breaches.

    The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act will help ensure that credit bureaus are keeping our sensitive information safe, and will impose fines on bureaus that fail to protect our data. Tell your senators today to pass this legislation now.

  • Our safety shouldn't just be a request. Tell Congress to give the FDA the authority to remove asbestos-laced products from store shelves

    Despite the known dangers of asbestos, it's still being found in far too many products.

    If the FDA is supposed to be responsible for protecting public health, they need the power to demand a recall when they find a cancer-causing toxin in a product.

  • Tell your governor to prioritize composting programs

    Each year, America landfills and incinerates enough organic material to fill a line of 18-wheelers stretching from New York to Los Angeles 10 times over.

    It's time to curb our waste. Call on your governor to commit to compost by setting a 100 percent organic waste diversion goal.

  • Tell your U.S. senators to support the Clean School Bus Act

    The bus ride to school shouldn't come with a daily dose of toxic pollution. But more than 25 million American children are exposed to diesel pollution daily, putting them at risk of worsened asthma, stunted lung development and even cancer.

    Ask your senators to support the Clean School Bus Act today to help school districts transition to all-electric buses.

  • It's time to let us fix our stuff

    Dear FTC Chairman Joseph Simons,

    It's getting harder and harder for consumers to fix our products. We support your agency's work to investigate barriers to repair -- such as companies denying access to parts and service information to limit consumer repair choices. We also urge you to act on those findings and empower repair.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Wendy's to help stop the overuse of antibiotics

    Dear Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor,

    McDonald's recently committed to reducing medically important antibiotic use across its beef supply chain. Wendy's can help accelerate an industry-wide shift away from overusing antibiotics to produce beef if it follows McDonald's lead.

    We need you at Wendy's to protect public health and commit to sourcing all of your beef from suppliers that only use medically important antibiotics to treat sick animals or to control a verified disease outbreak.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell us your repair horror story

    Did the maker of your washing machine want $250 for a new "on" button? Did you have to wait weeks for the manufacturer to send out their authorized technician to fix a minor problem? Did your computer fail the minute the warranty expired? We are working to gather stories that support why we need more options to fix our stuff.

  • Amazon: It's time to quit plastic

    As an industry leader, Amazon has not only the ability but the responsibility to move away from the overuse of unrecyclable, single use plastic packaging. Your new lightweight mailers are efficient, but far too often go unrecycled -- or are rendered unrecyclable by their paper labels.

    You claim to have "a fully recyclable cushioned mailer that is recyclable in paper recycling streams" in development. I strongly urge you to prioritize that technology, and move away from packaging your shipments in plastic as soon as possible.

  • Call on Your Senators to Support the Transition to Electric School Buses

    Over 25 million American children, as well as thousands of school bus drivers, breathe polluted air on traditional diesel yellow school buses every day. Diesel pollution stunts the growth of kids' lungs and worsens asthma symptoms, and has also been linked to poorer academic performance.

    Fortunately, there is a better solution: electric school buses. Electric buses don't emit any tailpipe pollution, eliminating exhaust that is linked to asthma attacks, respiratory illness and cancer. While electric school buses are available, school districts often need help financing the switch away from diesel. The Clean School Bus Act will help school districts get the resources they need to ensure that every child has healthy air to breathe and a safe ride to school.

    Tell your senator to co-sponsor the Clean School Bus Act to help bring electric school buses to your community.

  • Amazon: It's time to quit plastic
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    Amazon has been spearheading a shift from bulky cardboard boxes to lightweight plastic mailers -- a good move for their efficiency, but bad for the plastic waste catastrophe choking the planet. As a shipping industry giant, Amazon can shape the entire shipping landscape. It's important for them to cut down on plastic with innovative solutions.

    Send a message to Amazon today urging them to lead the way to a plastic-free future of shipping.

  • Ask Your Senators to Ban Chlorpyrifos

    Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous pesticide that can damage children's brains -- and the EPA knows it. But under the leadership of President Trump's political appointees, the agency is refusing to act to protect our health and that of our kids and grandkids.

    While federal regulators drag their feet, Congress can provide a solution. Send a message to your senators urging them to support S. 921, which will ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.

  • It's time to let us fix our stuff

    Dear FTC Chairman Joseph Simons,

    It's getting harder and harder for consumers to fix our products. We support your agency's work to investigate barriers to repair -- such as companies denying access to parts and service information to limit consumer repair choices. We also urge you to act on those findings, and empower repair.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Asbestos-laden products have no business being back on store shelves

    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has been tasked to protect human health and our environment. And yet, your agency ignored the advice of its own scientists when it decided against a full ban on asbestos -- and left the door open to bringing asbestos-laden products back onto the market.

    This is outrageous. It's 2019 -- asbestos is a known carcinogen, and it should have no place in any product that humans are exposed to. I urge you to listen to your agency's own scientists and ban asbestos outright, as do more than 50 other industrialized nations.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A new report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Apple: It's time to expand our right to repair

    Dear Apple CEO Tim Cook,

    We should be able to repair the Apple products that we own, or take them to the repair shop of our choice.

    I urge you to make the tools, diagnostic software and genuine Apple parts we need to repair our devices available to everyone.

    Sincerely,

  • Ban Roundup

    Dear Governor,

    Recent research, including some done by the World Health Organization and the state of California, has linked chemicals in Monsanto's Roundup to serious health hazards, including cancer. Despite the potential public health risks, 26 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed on public parks, playgrounds, schools and gardens across the country every year.

    We should not be using a product that may pose a serious threat to our health. Therefore, I urge you to ban the use of Roundup unless and until it's proven safe.

    Sincerely,

  • Call on your governor to invest our state's part of the VW settlement wisely: in electric vehicle infrastructure and clean public transportation options for our future.

    When it comes to clean transportation, our country is at risk of underutilizing funds from Volkswagen's nearly $3 billion settlement with federal authorities for violating emission standards -- in fact, most states got a C or worse on their plan. We know we can do better. Call on your governor to spend this money on a clean transportation future.

  • Tell the EPA: Stop spraying antibiotics on citrus trees

    The EPA allowed citrus growers to spray antibiotics on trees, but the CDC says it can fuel the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistant superbugs already sicken millions, and kill thousands of Americans every year. The EPA shouldn't allow citrus growers to gamble with our life-saving medicines.

  • Ask your representative to support the Campus Hunger Reduction Act

    Hunger can be found across America -- even on college campuses, where 1 in 5 students report not having enough to eat on a regular basis.

    At the same time, college campuses generate 142 pounds of food waste per student. We're literally throwing away the solution to student hunger -- but the Campus Hunger Reduction Act can help.

    Tell your representative to support the Campus Hunger Reduction Act today.

  • Tell Burger King to help combat antibiotic resistance.

    Dear CEO Daniel Schwartz,

    In the Chain Reaction Burger Scorecard, Burger King received a failing grade for lacking any meaningful policy to restrict antibiotic use to raise the beef it serves. A strong antibiotics policy on beef from your company can help protect public health by shifting the beef industry -- the largest purchaser of medically important antibiotics -- away from overusing these life-saving medicines. I urge Burger King to listen to its consumers and eliminate routine antibiotic use in its beef supply chain.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A new report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Asbestos-laden products have no business being back on store shelves

    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has been tasked to protect human health and our environment. And yet, your agency ignored the advice of its own scientists when it decided against a full ban on asbestos -- and left the door open to bringing asbestos-laden products back onto the market.

    This is outrageous. It's 2019 -- asbestos is a known carcinogen, and it should have no place in any product that humans are exposed to. I urge you to listen to your agency's own scientists and ban asbestos outright, as do more than 50 other industrialized nations.

    Sincerely,

  • Add Your Voice: Say No to Pesticides in Food and Drink

    A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Add Your Voice: Say No to Pesticides in Food and Drink

    A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Filing your taxes doesn't have to be this hard

    The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to prevent the IRS from making its own tool to let us file our taxes easily and for free online. Tell your senators: Don't stop the IRS from making tax filing as easy as possible.

  • Tell your representative to support the Affordable College Textbook Act today

    No student should have to drop out of class because they can't afford the textbook. But with skyrocketing prices, many students are forced to decide between assuming even more debt or forgoing the textbooks or classes they need to succeed.

    The Affordable College Textbook Act will save students nearly $1 billion on textbooks by expanding access to open textbooks that are free to download, peer-reviewed and easily adapted by faculty. Tell your representative to make textbooks more affordable today.

  • Stand up against predatory payday loans

    Submit your public comment before time runs out to tell the CFPB to stop its rollback of protections from predatory payday lending.

  • Tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Investigate Campus Debit Cards

    There is ample evidence that banks are charging students with campus debit cards exorbitant fees. Debit cards should rarely have any fees at all, and yet some college students who are already strapped for cash are paying twice as much as their peers. We're calling on you to investigate these debit card relationships between banks and schools and hold banks accountable if they're in violation of these rules.

  • Stand up against predatory payday loans

    Submit your public comment before time runs out to tell the CFPB to stop its rollback of protections from predatory payday lending.

  • Stand up against predatory payday loans

    Submit your public comment before time runs out to tell the CFPB to stop its rollback of protections from predatory payday lending.

  • Tell the EPA: Ban Roundup Unless and Until It's Proven Safe

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    Countries around the world have restricted or banned the sale of Roundup.

    Meanwhile, in the U.S., 26 million pounds of Roundup are being sprayed on school property, playgrounds, public parks and gardens every year. That's a big problem, since the evidence linking glyphosate to serious health problems, including cancer, is piling up.

    To protect our health, the EPA should ban Roundup unless and until it's proven safe by independent research.

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Maine could be the first state to ban polystyrene

    Maine is so close to putting harmful polystyrene pollution behind us forever. A polystyrene ban has passed both the state house and senate, so Maine could be the first state in the nation to ban polystyrene foam if this bill is signed into law soon. Send a message to the governor today.

  • Maryland could be the first state to ban polystyrene

    Maryland is so close to putting harmful polystyrene pollution behind us forever. A polystyrene ban is on Gov. Hogan's desk right now, and Maryland could be the first state in the nation to ban polystyrene foam if this bill is signed into law soon. Send a message to the governor today.

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • IT'S TIME FOR STATES TO BAN ROUNDUP

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    Countries around the world have banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to follow their lead.

  • Tell Apple: It's time to expand our right to repair

    Dear Apple CEO Tim Cook,

    We should be able to repair the Apple products that we own, or take them to the repair shop of our choice.

    I urge you to make the tools, diagnostic software and genuine Apple parts we need to repair our devices available to everyone.

    Sincerely,

  • End the Nicotine Trap

    Vaping among America's youth has reached epidemic levels. Call on the Food and Drug Administration to act now by banning flavored e-cigarettes and pulling the products off the market pending the appropriate review.

  • Ask Your Senators to Ban Chlorpyrifos

    Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous pesticide that can damage children's brains -- and the EPA knows it. But under the leadership of President Trump's political appointees, the agency is refusing to act to protect our health and that of our kids and grandkids.

    While federal regulators drag their feet, Congress can provide a solution. Send a message to your senators urging them to support S. 921, which will ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.

  • End the Nicotine Trap

    Dear FDA Commissioner,

    It's time for the FDA to end the nicotine trap. The research is clear: Flavored nicotine products get kids hooked. I urge you to immediately ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.

    In addition, you should also pull e-cigarettes that have not undergone the required public health assessment off the market, and regulate e-cigarettes at least as tightly as we do combustible cigarettes.

    Sincerely,

  • TELL YOUR SENATORS TO VALUE THE NEEDED WORK OF CAREGIVERS BY EXPANDING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT TODAY.

    Today, more than 40 million Americans spend time caring for children or elderly family members without pay -- and it's a choice that millions more of us will face as our country's population ages.

    Families who want to take care of their loved ones should have all the support they need. We can start by overhauling our policies to recognize the work of caregivers as valuable contributions to their loved ones and communities -- beginning with the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Congress is currently considering legislation that would allow unpaid caregivers to benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Urge your senators to support it today.

  • BAN MONSANTO'S DICAMBA

    Monsanto's dicamba drifts for up to 72 hours, and damages or destroys every plant it in its path, from trees and wildflowers to neighboring farms. That's why we're calling for a ban on dicamba in the United States now. Tell your governor: ban this dangerous herbicide.

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  • Give the FDA enforcement power to protect us from asbestos on store shelves

    Take action today to give the FDA the power it needs to keep us safe from asbestos in consumer products.

  • Tell your governor: It's time to solve our plastic waste problem

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    Across the United States, only 34.7 percent of our waste gets recycled -- meaning two-thirds of the trash we produce goes straight to the landfill and the natural environment. The best way to reduce the amount of trash clogging our landfills is to simply produce less of it.

    Tell your governor today: Support a ban on the worst single-use plastic items that are polluting our planet.

  • Let Us Repair Our Stuff

    We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills.

    We should give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools, and service information they need to repair products by passing Right to Repair reforms in Minnesota.

  • Tell your senators: Support the Medicare X Choice Act

    Everybody in America should have the opportunity to receive excellent medical treatment at a fair cost. The Medicare X Choice Act will reduce health care expenses for Americans and spur innovation in the industry.

    This bill could usher in cheaper, better healthcare nationwide -- if it passes. Send a message to your U.S. senators today in support of the Medicare X Choice Act.

  • Tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Investigate Campus Debit Cards

    There is ample evidence that banks are charging students with campus debit cards exorbitant fees. Debit cards should rarely have any fees at all, and yet some college students who are already strapped for cash are paying twice as much as their peers. We're calling on you to investigate these debit card relationships between banks and schools and hold banks accountable if they're in violation of these rules.

  • Tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Investigate Campus Debit Cards

    There is ample evidence that banks are charging students with campus debit cards exorbitant fees. Debit cards should rarely have any fees at all, and yet some college students who are already strapped for cash are paying twice as much as their peers. We're calling on you to investigate these debit card relationships between banks and schools and hold banks accountable if they're in violation of these rules.

  • Give the FDA enforcement power to protect us from asbestos on store shelves

    Take action today to give the FDA the power it needs to keep us safe from asbestos in consumer products.

  • Let's set a goal of Zero Hunger in your state

    We produce more than enough food in America to feed everyone, but 40 percent of it never makes it to the dinner table. At the same time, millions of Americans struggle with hunger.

    A country with enough food to go around should not tolerate anyone going hungry. We're calling on governors across the country to set a goal of Zero Hunger. Will you join us?

  • Tell Wendy's to help stop the overuse of antibiotics

    Dear Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor,

    McDonald's committed to reducing medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. Wendy's can help accelerate an industry-wide shift away from overusing antibiotics to produce beef if it follows McDonald's lead.

    We need you at Wendy's to protect public health and commit to sourcing all of your beef from suppliers that only use medically important antibiotics to treat sick animals or to control a verified disease outbreak.

    Thank you,

  • Tell Wendy's to help stop the overuse of antibiotics

    Dear Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor,

    McDonald's just committed to reducing medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. Wendy's can help accelerate an industry-wide shift away from overusing antibiotics to produce beef if it follows McDonald's lead.

    We need you at Wendy's to protect public health and commit to sourcing all of your beef from suppliers that only use medically important antibiotics to treat sick animals or to control a verified disease outbreak.

    Thank you,

  • Safety Should Never Be Optional

    The two Boeing jets involved in recent, tragic crashes both lacked key safety features in the cockpit that might have helped avert disaster. And this isn't the only safety system airline manufacturers have deemed "optional," such as backup fire suppression systems.

    To fulfill its mission of providing Americans with the safest air flight system in the world, the FAA should err on the side of passenger safety by requiring planes to include safety features that could mean the difference between life and death. Safety should never be optional. I strongly urge you to require key safety features in all aircraft.

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A new report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the EPA: Set safe limits for all PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act

    There are thousands of highly toxic, everlasting PFAS chemicals threatening our water. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to limit just two of them.

    These toxic chemicals harm human health and don't belong in our drinking water -- and the solution is simple. The EPA can require utilities to test for all PFAS and remove the chemicals from drinking water supplies by regulating them under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Tell the EPA to regulate PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act today.

  • Tell your senators to value the needed work of caregivers by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit today.

    Today, more than 40 million Americans spend time caring for children or elderly family members without pay -- and it's a choice that millions more of us will face as our country's population ages.

    Families who want to take care of their loved ones should have all the support they need. We can start by overhauling our policies to recognize the work of caregivers as valuable contributions to their loved ones and communities -- beginning with the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Congress is currently considering legislation that would allow unpaid caregivers to benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Urge your senators to support it today.

  • Tell the CFPB to help put a stop to predatory auto lending

    To the CFPB:

    For most of us, it's next to impossible to work, shop or go to school without a car. And auto lenders are taking full advantage of that, trapping car buyers into loans with high interest rates and inflated costs. Auto debt in this country is higher than it has ever been before. Americans should be confident they will not face a lifetime of debt because they didn't have the protections they needed when buying a car. Help protect the public by enforcing stronger protections against predatory auto lending.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your legislators to ban dicamba

    When it comes to pesticides, we should exercise caution. We shouldn't allow the use of potentially toxic pesticides unless and until they are proven safe. And it is unwise to continue spraying dicamba -- and other toxic pesticides -- when they can drift for miles from their source. That's why we're calling on states across the country to ban dicamba now.

  • ADD YOUR NAME: TELL THE EPA NOT TO JEOPARDIZE LIFE-SAVING MEDICINES

    Overuse of antibiotics in factory farms is a major contributor to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections -- and spraying hundreds of thousands of pounds of antibiotics onto orchards could be just as dangerous as overusing them in factory farms.

    Stop the expansion of spraying antibiotics on citrus trees.

    Sincerely,

  • Add your name: Ban single-use polystyrene cups and containers

    Americans throw away an estimated 25 billion polystyrene cups every single year, contributing to our growing plastic waste crisis. Nearly every piece of polystyrene ever made is still out there, clogging our landfills, littering our streets, or polluting our parks, rivers and oceans.

    Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our future for hundreds of years. Tell your state decision-maker to ban single-use cups and containers today.

  • STOP PRICE-GOUGING FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

    Raising drug prices threatens the health and safety of millions of Americans.

  • states can ban Roundup

    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto's Roundup a "probable human carcinogen." It's outrageous that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient, should be allowed to put public health at risk. It simply isn't worth it.

    France just banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to lead the way.

  • Tell Burger King to help combat antibiotic resistance.

    Dear CEO Daniel Schwartz,

    In the Chain Reaction Burger Scorecard, Burger King received a failing grade for lacking any meaningful policy to restrict antibiotic use to raise the beef it serves. A strong antibiotics policy on beef from your company can help protect public health by shifting the beef industry -- the largest purchaser of medically important antibiotics -- away from overusing these life-saving medicines. I urge Burger King to listen to its consumers and eliminate routine antibiotic use in its beef supply chain.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the USDA: Test for Roundup in Food and Drinks

    A new report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed that 19 out of 20 tested samples of beer and wine contained glyphosate. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the ubiquitously used weed-killer Roundup, is classified as a probable carcinogen -- it doesn't belong in the things we eat and drink. I strongly urge you to do glyphosate testing of food and drinks before they are sold in stores to protect people from this probable carcinogen.

    Sincerely,

  • Pledge to "Skip the Straw"

    There's no time to wait when it comes to getting a handle on the plastic catastrophe that's choking our planet. Plastic pollution is a big problem, but part of the solution starts small: We need to use less plastic stuff every day. Cutting down on disposable single use plastic products in daily life is an important place to start.

    For National Skip the Straw day this year, I pledge to say "no" to plastic straws.

  • Tell the FDA: Set and enforce fruit juice standards that keep consumers safe

    Dear FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,

    As consumers, we should be able to trust that the food we're buying is safe. But alarming new research from Consumer Reports shows that concerning amounts of heavy metals are showing up in popular juice brands.

    I urge the FDA to act now by setting stricter limits for inorganic arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Furthermore, the FDA should set a long-term goal of having no measurable amounts of heavy metals in fruit juice in order to protect consumers.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell your representative: Support a bill to ban chlorpyrifos

    Tell your representative to protect our children and support the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019 to ban chlorpyrifos.

  • Get toxic paint strippers off store shelves

    Tell Home Depot CEO Craig Menear to follow through on his commitment to get deadly paint strippers off store shelves.

  • Stop price-gouging for prescription drugs

    Raising drug prices threatens the health and safety of millions of Americans.

  • Tell the FDA to keep our food safe

    To the FDA:

    In the 21st century, Americans shouldn't have to question the safety of their food, much less spend days in the emergency room because of produce contaminated with dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. I urge the FDA to help stop future outbreaks of foodborne illness by enforcing water testing, implementing safety measures at food-producing plants, and improving recall effectiveness.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the NHTSA: Recall all cars with unsafe airbags now

    Dear Deputy Administrator Heidi King,

    Millions of cars are being recalled over defective and dangerous airbags in the latest phase of the Takata recall. But thousands more drivers are still at risk as the final phase of the recall isn't scheduled to happen until 2020.

    Since the Takata defect grows more dangerous as the airbag inflators age, each additional year the recall takes raises the risk for consumers. I urge you to recall all remaining vehicles with dangerous Takata airbags now.

    Sincerely,

  • Get toxic jewelry off store shelves

    Stop stores from selling dangerous cadmium-contaminated jewelry.

  • Tell L'Oreal to Go Toxic-Free

    Dear L'Oréal USA CEO Frederic Roze,

    I'm concerned about the safety of ingredients in personal care products. There should not be chemicals linked to negative health effects like cancer, developmental and reproductive problems, in the products we apply to our bodies every day.

    L'Oréal can be an industry leader by going toxic-free. Please identify and eliminate from your products chemicals linked to negative health effects, and replace them with safer alternatives.

    These changes will not only address a growing public health threat, they will meaningfully respond to the strong and increasing consumer demand for safe personal care products.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Congress: We need a new privacy law to give us real control over our digital lives.

    Facebook says it doesn't sell your personal information. But it still makes billions of dollars sharing it with advertisers. We trust Facebook with huge amounts of personal data, and we should have the right to control what the company does with it. Tell Congress to pass a strong privacy law now.

  • Commit to a Toxic-Free 2019

    Today, companies are allowed to put almost any chemical they want into consumer products, despite the fact that the government doesn't test those chemicals for safety or require any pre-market approval. This could mean the products you use every day could be dangerous to you and the ones you love.

    It's time to take your well-being into your own hands. Commit to be toxic-free in 2019!

  • States can ban Roundup

    France just banned Roundup. Now it's time for states to lead the way in the U.S.

  • Domino's has the power to help preserve our life-saving antibiotics

    Tell Domino's CEO Richard Allison to do the right thing and address the problem of antibiotic overuse in the company's beef and pork supply chains.

  • Add your name to save antibiotics

    To the FDA:

    Overall sales of medically important antibiotics for use on livestock may have decreased by 33 percent from 2016 through 2017, but there's still a long way to go to protect our life-saving medicines.

    I urge you to protect public health and set ambitious reduction targets for antibiotic use in the meat industry.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the FDA to set standards on the water used to grow our food

    To the FDA:

    At least one major outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce last year was linked to contaminated agricultural water. The longer you wait to set limits on bacterial levels in the water used on produce, the more people could get sick and even die from disease outbreaks.

    I urge you to protect public health and stop food producers from using contaminated water.

    Sincerely,

  • Add your name: Tell the EPA not to jeopardize life-saving medicines

    Overuse of antibiotics in factory farms is a major contributor to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections -- and spraying hundreds of thousands of pounds of antibiotics onto orchards could be just as dangerous as overusing them in factory farms.

    Stop the expansion of spraying antibiotics on citrus trees.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell the USDA: Ban the sale of contaminated meat

    JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled 5 million more pounds of beef due to Salmonella contamination. That brings their grand total of recalled beef to 12 million pounds just in the last three months.

    Even if beef processors find Salmonella in their meat, they can sell it until there's a major disease outbreak. Tell the USDA to ban the sale of meat with dangerous Salmonella.

  • TELL THE USDA: BAN THE SALE OF CONTAMINATED MEAT

    JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled 5 million more pounds of beef due to Salmonella contamination. That brings their grand total of recalled beef to 12 million pounds just in the last three months.

    Even if beef processors find Salmonella in their meat, they can sell it until there's a major disease outbreak. Tell the USDA to ban the sale of meat with dangerous Salmonella.

  • Tell the FTC: Investigate Marriott's Massive Data Breach

    Marriott hotels recently announced a data breach that compromised the personal information -- including birthdays, addresses and credit card information -- of up to 500 million of their guests. I strongly urge you to investigate this breach, to hold Marriott accountable and protect consumers from their mistake.

  • Tell the FTC to investigate Facebook and hold the company accountable if it violated a data privacy agreement.

    According to a New York Times investigation, Facebook was allegedly giving more than 150 corporations access to users' private data without their consent. If this is true, Facebook may be in direct violation of the company's 2011 FTC consent decree meant to clean up its act and keep our data safe.


    We urge the FTC to first conduct its own investigation into whether Facebook did violate the consent decree, and second, hold Facebook accountable with fines if it did.

    Sincerely,

  • Students are paying millions in dubious debit card fees

    To the Department of Education:

    There is ample evidence that banks are charging students with campus debit cards exorbitant fees. Debit cards should rarely have any fees at all, and yet some college students who are already strapped for cash are paying almost three times more than their peers.

    This is likely in violation of the 2015 "cash management" rules. We're calling on you to investigate these debit card relationships between banks and schools and hold institutions accountable if they're in violation of these rules.

    Sincerely,

  • Tell Major Burger Chains: Follow McDonald's Lead and Hold the Antibiotics

    Roughly 70% of medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for livestock and poultry. These antibiotics are often given to animals that aren't sick, breeding superbugs that can infect people with illnesses that today's medicine might not be able to cure.

    After running a yearlong campaign that demonstrated support from consumers and the medical community, we helped convince McDonald's, the largest beef buyer in the United States, to monitor and reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in its beef supply chain.

    But there's more work to do. Other burger chains should take notice and follow McDonald's lead in reducing the amount of medically important antibiotics used to raise the beef they buy. The surest way to get Wendy's, Burger King, and other major burger chains to take significant action is to demonstrate just how much support there is for change and how big of an impact this could have on this growing public health threat.

    Will you tell other burger chains to hold the antibiotics?

  • Tell your governor: It's time to solve our plastic waste problem
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    Across the United States, only 34.7 percent of our waste gets recycled -- meaning two-thirds of the trash we produce goes straight to the landfill. The best way to reduce the amount of trash clogging our landfills is to simply produce less of it.

    Tell your governor today: Support a ban on the single-use plastic items that are polluting our planet.

  • Tell the USDA: Ban the sale of contaminated meat

    JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled 5 million more pounds of beef due to Salmonella contamination. That brings their grand total of recalled beef to 12 million pounds just in the last three months.

    Even if beef processors find Salmonella in their meat, they can sell it until there's a major disease outbreak. Tell the USDA to ban the sale of meat with dangerous Salmonella.

  • Tell the FTC: Investigate Facebook's data sharing and issue fines if wrongdoing is found.

    Dear Federal Trade Commission: Please investigate whether Facebook violated the terms of the consent decree number 09 23148, 29 November 2011 by sharing personal data with tech partners like Netflix and Spotify as described in the New York Times article "As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall" December 18, 2018. If violations of the consent decree are confirmed, the FTC should enforce the decree with fines for Facebook.

  • Tell The Consumer Product Safety Commission: Label Toxic Toys!

    CPSC Commissioner:

    A recent survey by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found significant concentrations of boron, as high as 4,700 parts per million (ppm) in popular slime toys -- 15 times the limit in the European Union. Boron at these levels can sicken children, and many other countries have already taken action to limit or ban these dangerous toy slimes. Protect our children by adequately labeling toys that contain a boron concentration of 300 ppm or higher.

  • Ban the use of Roundup unless and until it's proven safe

    Dear Governor,

    Recent research, including some done by the World Health Organization and the state of California, has linked the chemicals in Monsanto's Roundup to serious health hazards, including cancer. Despite the potential public health risks, 26 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed on public parks, playgrounds, schools and gardens across the country every year. We should not be using a product that may pose a serious threat to our health. Therefore, I urge you to ban the use of Roundup unless and until it's proven safe.

    Sincerely,

  • Thank McDonald's for taking action to preserve our life-saving medicines

    After McDonald's announced it would purchase only chicken raised without medically important antibiotics, Subway and KFC made similar commitments. McDonald's has now expanded its commitment with a new policy that will restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. This could spark industry-wide change and help protect public health.

    Thank McDonald's for its leadership to hold the antibiotics.

  • Ban single-use plastic foam items in your state

    One of the best ways to reduce the amount of trash headed to landfills is to ban items that are used once and immediately thrown away. Tell your governor to ban single-use polystyrene foam items today.

  • Tell Your Governor To Ban Roundup

    A new correction issued by the scientific journal, Critical Reviews in Toxicology, tells an alarming story of alleged ghostwriting and calls into question the "studies" Monsanto points to when claiming that Roundup is safe. Help us ban Roundup unless and until truly independent research proves it's safe.

  • Tell Coca-Cola: Do your part to reduce plastic pollution

    Dear Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey,

    We have a plastic pollution problem -- and plastic Coca-Cola products are a part of it. Coca-Cola should take the lead in not just promoting recycling, but taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of your products and reducing the amount of plastic used.

    Sincerely,

  • Let's commit to a sustainable future:

    The European Union recently voted to ban single-use plastics completely by 2021. The bold progress on plastic across the pond proves the time is right for us to clean up our act stateside. We need to call on our leaders to take the next step and get single-use plastics out of our waste stream as soon as possible.

  • Tell the FDA: The medical community supports a stronger antibiotics plan

    The FDA recently released its five year plan on antibiotic stewardship in veterinary settings. Though the plan is a step in the right direction, further action must be taken to significantly reduce antibiotic overuse. Tell the FDA that the medical community supports a stronger plan that includes eliminating routine antibiotic use in animals that aren't sick.

  • Tell the FTC and CFPB to investigate Experian

    In October, a security flaw in Experian's system allowed identity thieves to access frozen credit reports. Join us in calling on the FTC and CFPB to investigate Experian and hold them accountable for their mistake.

  • Tell commercial pet stores to stop using antibiotics in healthy puppies

    Dear Pet Store CEOs,

    Antibiotics are meant to treat infections, not prevent disease in healthy animals. When antibiotics are overused, it increases the likelihood that all kinds of bacteria, including the ones that make people sick, will develop resistance, and our life-saving medicines won't work. If we don't take action, public health experts warn we could be headed for a "post-antibiotic era."

    Nobody wants their pet to be a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. To protect these life-saving medicines and promote healthy practices, your company should commit to no longer using antibiotics on healthy animals.

    Sincerely,

  • Commit To Zero Hunger

    One in 5 students do not know where their next meal will come from. At the same time, college campuses create an average of about 142 pounds of food waste per student on campus. We can end student hunger in your community if we save the food and resources that would otherwise be wasted and get it to the people who need it. Help make your community a leader in addressing student needs by committing to a goal of Zero Hunger.

  • Ban Roundup

    Monsanto is challenging a landmark court case that linked a man's cancer to using Roundup. Since the World Health Organization has classified glyphosate -- the main chemical in Roundup -- as probably carcinogenic to humans, we should ban the use of Roundup unless and until it's proven safe.

  • Ban Roundup

    The World Health Organization has linked glyphosate -- the main chemical in Roundup -- to cancer. Despite this, Roundup is sprayed across the country. We should ban the use of Roundup unless and until it's proven safe.

  • Protect Clean Car Standards

    The pollution from cars and trucks can have other frightening impacts on our health and environment, causing asthma, allergies, acid rain and smog. Freezing car emissions standards at 2020 levels for the next six years will allow billions of tons of dangerous pollution to continue to enter our atmosphere. Keeping the standards in place will save U.S. consumers about $500 million over the next three decades. For the sake of the air we all breathe, I strongly urge you not to roll back the national clean car standards that protect our health and pocketbooks.

  • Ban Dicamba In Our State

    On November 8th, the EPA will decide whether to renew the permit of dicamba. Before then, we need to make sure states act to restrict this pesticide -- when it can drift for miles from its source. That's why we're calling for a ban on dicamba in the United States now. Tell your governor: ban this dangerous herbicide.

  • Enough price-gouging, it's time for Right to Repair

    On Oct. 20, we are celebrating International Repair Day. But independent repair is getting harder and harder as manufacturers block access to parts and manuals.

    Independent repair is critical to fixing our relationship with throwaway products and our throwaway culture -- repair cuts waste and costs. When the only option for repair is going to the companies that made the product, there is a perverse incentive to get the customer to upgrade to the newest version.

  • Call on General Mills to do better and get toxic pesticides out of its supply chain

    Dear General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening,

    Traces of a possibly-carcinogenic weed killer have no place in anybody's breakfast, and certainly not children's.

    But an August study found glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup -- in a number of oat-based breakfast foods marketed to kids. The study found General Mills' Cheerios have excessive levels of the herbicide.

    We know that oats and grains can be grown without the use of toxic pesticides. That's why we're calling on General Mills to do better and get toxic pesticides out of its supply chain.

    Sincerely,

  • TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO CLOSE THE FRAGRANCE LOOPHOLE

    Due to a loophole and lax regulations, companies can hide thousands of chemicals on the ingredients list by listing them simply as "fragrance." This is true even for chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems. We're calling on Congress to close this loophole.

  • URGE YOUR GOVERNOR TO GET THE LEAD OUT

    A recent government report found that more than 16 million students attend school districts with water contaminated with lead, a toxic metal that harms brain development. We need to get the lead out. Tell your governor to act now.

  • Tell Darden to get our life-saving antibiotics out of its entire meat supply chain now

    Dear Darden Restaurants CEO Eugene I. Lee Jr.,

    Every day, the consequences of antibiotic overuse on industrial farms gets more serious. At least 23,000 people die every year in the United States of antibiotic resistant infections. In late September, your shareholders sent you a message: It's time to be a leader and get medically important antibiotics out of Darden's meat supply chain.

    We're calling on you to take this step and act now, before it's too late.

  • Tell McDonald's To Hold The Antibiotics

    CEO Steve Easterbrook,

    The misuse and overuse of medically important antibiotics on factory farms is creating a public health crisis that the Food and Drug Administration has struggled to address. As an industry leader, McDonald's has the power to help end the routine use of our life-saving medicines on healthy animals.

    I urge you to commit McDonald's to phasing out the routine use of antibiotics from its entire meat supply chain by the end of 2018.

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  • Tell Apple To Make Repairs Easier

    CEO Tim Cook,

    At the unveiling of the iPhone XS, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives said that the best thing for the environment was to keep using your old phone. Despite this, Apple makes it difficult to do so.

    I urge you to provide the public with the parts, manuals and tools we need to keep our old devices running.

    Sincerely,

  • Ban Single-Use Plastic Foam Items In Your State

    One of the best ways to reduce the amount of trash headed to landfills is to ban items that are used once and immediately thrown away. Tell your governor to ban single-use polystyrene foam items today.

  • Tell McDonald's To Help Save Antibiotics

    CEO Steve Easterbrook,

    The misuse and overuse of medically important antibiotics on factory farms is creating a public health crisis. As an industry leader, McDonald's has the power to help end the routine use of our life-saving medicines on healthy animals.

    I urge you to commit McDonald's to phasing antibiotics out of its supply chain by the end of 2018.

    Sincerely,

  • URGE YOUR GOVERNOR TO GET THE LEAD OUT OF SCHOOL DRINKING WATER

    A recent government report found that more than 16 million students attend school districts with water contaminated with lead, a toxic metal that harms brain development. We need to get the lead out. Tell your governor to act now.

  • Tell Mick Mulvaney: The Consumer Bureau Should Be Protecting Consumers

    We need Mick Mulvaney -- and eventually, his replacement -- to hear loud and clear that the public is watching, and holding the bureau accountable to its mission. Take action now.