There is Trouble in Toyland


Read the 2015 Trouble in Toyland report to help you avoid potentially hazardous toys. For the past 30 years, US PIRG Education Fund and Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund have conducted an annual survey of toy safety, which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions and has helped educate the public ...

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Job Opening: Data Manager


Data guru who has a passion for advocacy campaigns. Tech-savvy problem solver. Experience using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Convio Luminate and/or SQL. Mechanic for databases and backend online tools. An eye for numbers and a whiz at Excel. Detail oriented, if not obsessed. VPIRG is looking for an individual with strong tech instincts, a solid foundation of core skills in one ...

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We Won’t Let Coca-Cola Trash Vermont’s Bottle Bill


As a child growing up in southern Vermont I spent many afternoons collecting cans and bottles from friends and neighbors. This was a great way to make a little extra spending money, and to help clean things up a bit. This is an experience I am sure that thousands of Vermonters are personally familiar with ...

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How does your plastic taste?


Probably a bit like sea salt, according to a new report published in Environmental Science & Technology. We’ve known the pervasiveness of microplastic pollution in our lakes and oceans has seriously disrupted marine ecosystems by fooling organisms into thinking it is food, among other things. Now researchers have discovered plastic in common table salt found in ...

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VPIRG’s Paul Burns to Debate VT Fuel Dealers Lobbyist on VPR Today!


VPIRG’s Paul Burns will debate Matt Cota, Lobbyist for the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, today at noon on VPR’s Vermont Edition. Time to get the facts straight! Vermonters deserve to hear an honest and open debate about climate change and the opportunities we have to do something about it including putting a tax on carbon pollution. They ...

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Macy’s agrees to stop selling toxic furniture!

Another great consumer victory over toxics!

Just hours before planned events  at Macy’s stores in ten states calling attention to the retailer’s sale of some furniture products containing toxic flame retardant chemicals, Macy’s announced it would end the practice. As part of the Mind the Store campaign, VPIRG and other public health and environmental groups around the country had been pressuring ...

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Microbeads: Much More Trick than Treat


As we learn more about the impact that microbeads have on our environment, Vermonters are realizing they are something to be afraid of this Halloween. Microbeads are small plastic beads added to things like toothpaste and face washes to help with exfoliation.  A recent article in the Washington Post noted that up to 8 trillion ...

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