Making Vermont a safer and healthier place to live by reducing waste and eliminating toxins from consumer products, drinking water, and our environment.

Thousands of toxic or untested chemicals are used in products we’re exposed to every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces. From PFAS in our drinking water to pesticides in our natural environment to harmful chemicals found in single-use plastics and other consumer products, there are simply too many hidden dangers. These toxins are building up in our bodies and contributing to alarming trends in public health, including increased rates of birth defects, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancers, and more.

VPIRG supports federal and state legislation that will get known toxins out of consumer products and require health and safety testing before chemicals make it into products on our store shelves. We are also committed to promoting a circular economy that reduces waste, creates jobs, and holds manufacturers accountable for environmental impacts from the full life cycle of products they create.

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Recent Environmental Health News

Microbeads Bill Passes House with 140-0 Vote

This morning, advocates from Vermont’s environmental protection, business, and scientific community gathered alongside Lawmakers at the State House’s Cedar Creek room, in support of House Bill 4, Vermont’s bill to ban microbeads. Click Here to read the official VPIRG press release. House Fish and Wildlife Chairman Representative David Deen, cosponsor of H.4, commented on the microbeads bill ...

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Bill to Ban Microbeads Passes House Fish and Wildlife Unanimously

After deliberation and testimony, the House Fish and Wildlife Committee has unanimously voted yes on Vermont’s bill to ban microbeads! With the authoritative support of this key committee, we are excited for the future of this essential bill, and grateful to our allies who were able to testify in support. And there’s even more good news- as ...

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VPIRG and Allies Call for Strong Federal Toxics Legislation

Last Year, VPIRG and our allies in the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont worked to pass Vermont’s Toxic Free Families Act. VPIRG will be working in 2015 to make sure that this legislation is implemented as the legislature intended it to, a law that will truly protect our children from dangerous and unnecessary ...

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Important First Day for Vermont’s Bill to Ban Microbeads

This morning, the legislative push to ban microbeads from being sold in Vermont began with testimony to the Fish and Wildlife Committee. House members David Deene (D) Windham-4, Jill Krowinski (D) Chittenden 6-3, and Patti Komline (R) Bennington-Rutland, are cosponsors of the legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in Vermont, House Bill 4. Advocates from ...

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News Release: Trouble in Toyland 2014

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. If you plan to hit the stores for holiday shopping, we hope you’ll check out VPIRG’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which provides helpful tips for avoiding potentially dangerous toys this holiday season has been released. Click here to read the report. We continue to fight ...

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Most of us have heard of the great pacific garbage patch- that amorphous pile of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean that stands as a monument to humanity’s throw away culture. But did you know that there are actually eight garbage patches in total, and five rotating garbage churns know as gyres? That’s where the 5 Gyres Oceanographic ...

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This Election Day, vote out toxic chemicals!

Check out this OP-ED piece authored by UVM Student Megan Noonan that ran election day in the Burlington Free Press: Typically, I do not look towards elected officials in my health care decision. I take personal responsibility: I don’t smoke, I eat a balanced diet, I exercise, and I wear sunscreen. I trust that decisions made ...

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Director’s Note on the 2014 Session

VICTORIES on GMOs, Toxics, Solar, and more! If you support VPIRG because we’re the kind of organization that takes on the tough fights on important issues and gets results, then I have good news for you. Our advocates, organizers, interns and member volunteers just completed one of the most successful legislative sessions in VPIRG’s 42 year history. ...

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