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These days we all need to be smart consumers. We need access to the information and resources it takes to avoid the latest scams, stop identity thieves, spot rip offs and keep unsafe food and toxic products out of our shopping carts. PIRG’s consumer watchdog team does the research, conducts media exposes, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.

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Advocacy groups, 48,000 petitioners demand Columbia Sportswear stop using toxic PFAS chemicals in clothing

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Advocacy groups, 48,000 petitioners demand Columbia Sportswear stop using toxic PFAS chemicals in clothing

U.S. PIRG Education Fund and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) hosted a media conference outside Columbia Sportswear’s flagship store in downtown Portland on Thursday to deliver a petition, with more than 48,000 signatures, urging the clothing manufacturer and retailer to phase out the use of PFAS chemicals in their products.

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Teresa
Murray

Teresa
Murray

Consumer Watchdog, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Ed
Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Mike
Litt

Mike
Litt

Director, Consumer Campaign, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Danielle
Melgar

Danielle
Melgar

Food & Agriculture Advocate, U.S. PIRG Education Fund