Beyond plastic

America's plastic problem has gotten way out of hand.

Most of us diligently recycle, take reusable bags with us when we shop, and look for new ways to stop using so much single use plastic “stuff”. Our individual actions are necessary, but won’t be enough. The good news is that the momentum to move beyond plastic is growing. More states, communities and businesses are getting rid of plastic bags, foam containers and other plastic “stuff” we can live without. 

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CoPIRG calls on House Business cmte to pass bill to reduce unnecessary and unwanted utensils, condiment packets in food orders

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CoPIRG calls on House Business cmte to pass bill to reduce unnecessary and unwanted utensils, condiment packets in food orders

CoPIRG is calling on the Colorado House Business Affairs and Labor Committee to pass HB22-1134 today, a bill that would require restaurants and third-party apps and delivery systems to ask customers if they want utensils, straws, napkins, or condiment packets when they place delivery and takeout orders. 

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New Skip the Stuff Denver ordinance helps businesses and customers avoid unwanted utensils and condiment packets, reduce waste

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New Skip the Stuff Denver ordinance helps businesses and customers avoid unwanted utensils and condiment packets, reduce waste

Businesses, city leaders and waste reduction advocates gathered Thursday to celebrate the implementation of a new Denver ordinance, which went into effect in January, that will reduce the amount of unwanted utensils, condiment packets, napkins, straws and other items customers get when they place delivery and to-go orders. Given the rise in takeout food over the last few years, the ordinance will reduce waste and help restaurants struggling with supply-chain issues.

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Susan
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Susan
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Managing Director, Frontier Group; Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network