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Trouble in Toyland 2022

Consumer alerts

Trouble in Toyland 2022

Dangerous, recalled toys are easy to buy, U.S. PIRG Education Fund investigation shows. Our 37th annual report looks at the problems of recalls, counterfeits and not heeding warning labels.

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Methane Gas Leaks

Fossil fuel pollution

Methane Gas Leaks

Methane gas (often known as natural gas) has heated the homes of many Americans for over a century — and for over a century, it has been prone to leaks, putting communities and the environment in danger.

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Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?

Consumer alerts

Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?

When you have hundreds or even thousands of people getting sick every year from food - many after recalls are announced, you have a problem. Part of the solution is grocery stores. We contacted 50 of the largest grocery and convenience store chains to learn how they get the word out to customers about food recalls. Some take several steps. Some do very little.

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Going Out of Fashion
Going Out of Fashion report cover

Toxic threats

Going Out of Fashion

PFAS use in apparel and other consumer products is coming under increased scrutiny from lawmakers. However, apparel manufacturers and retail stores don’t need to wait for the law to catch up to the proliferation of toxic PFAS. They can get out in front of the regulatory curve and protect their customers and the planet from PFAS pollution by immediately adopting policies to end the use of PFAS in clothing, footwear, and accessories. Indeed, some already have.  U.S. PIRG Education Fund, NRDC and Fashion FWD surveyed the PFAS-related policies and commitments of 30 top U.S.-based apparel brands and retailers, including companies in the footwear, indoor apparel, and outdoor apparel sectors and several of the nation’s leading apparel retailers. We graded them on the basis of their time lines for PFAS phaseout, the range of products covered by their PFAS policy, and public availability of company PFAS commitments, as well as their PFAS labeling and testing protocols.

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Electric School Buses and the Grid

Electric vehicles

Electric School Buses and the Grid

The transition to electric school buses, in addition to keeping diesel exhaust out of developing lungs, could help speed up the expansion of clean energy by providing a critical source of reliable battery storage. 

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