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More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February. Feb. 22 marked the third annual national Skip the Straw Day—a day created by Michigan middle school students who were fed up with plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and the planet.

Right to Repair: here, there and everywhere

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Right to Repair — the campaign that aims to help us fix our devices and repair our broken relationship with electronics — got started as a state legislative effort. Today, it has its sights set much higher than that.

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Environment America and U.S. PIRG celebrate Skip the Straw Day by introducing bills in seven states to help Americans go strawless

Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working in seven states to introduce legislation requiring customers to request disposable plastic straws. The announcement comes on the third annual National Skip the Straw Day.

More people push for their Right to Repair in 2019

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Last year, U.S. PIRG helped to support Right to Repair efforts across the country; by the end of 2018, 18 state legislatures were debating active bills. It looks like we’ll see progress in 2019 on these critical efforts with 16 bills already filed just one month in, and more bills on the way. 

Right to Repair Campaign Director Nathan Proctor says, "Smartphones should not be treated as disposable, and we simply can’t continue making and tossing phones at such a rapid pace. It’s time for Apple to embrace repair, and our Right to Repair." 

Rebutting the Claim that Right To Repair Undermines Security

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Opponents to Right to Repair often claim that more repair options would undermine cyber security. But the experts at Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society disagree. 

New gifts replacing old electronics? Don’t toss the old

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Electronic waste can pose health and safety risks if you don’t dispose of it properly. So, this holiday season if you are replacing an older or broken piece of electronics with a new gift make sure the product, its components or the materials in the product end up in the right place -- and get reused or recycled if possible. Here’s how you can responsibly handle your used electronics.

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It’s “America Recycles Day.” Is the United States set up for recycling success?

While a recent survey says that 94 percent of Americans support recycling and 74 percent say it should be a priority, the national average recycling rate is only 34.7 percent. Almost two-thirds of our waste ends up in landfills, incinerators, or as litter blighting the environment, often because recycling is prohibitively difficult for people with the best of intentions. Some states, however, are more recycling-friendly than others. On America Recycles Day, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and several of its state affiliates are releasing reports detailing recycling efforts at the local level.

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