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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In 2015, Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste. That is enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times.

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Increasing compost can quickly and efficiently decrease methane emissions in landfills and restore soil health.

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When I envision a sustainable fashion future I really see it being a collaborative ecosystem where brands, designers, activists, and leaders are coming together to design new systems (not just new clothes). Amanda Lapham, Co-Founder of Wolven & Creative Designer, California
I hope to see waste in the fashion industry continue to dwindle. Circularity is paramount for Everywhere and for ensuring a sustainable future on this planet. Irys Placida Kornbluth, COO of Everywhere Apparel, California
I’m really excited about what we can do in Washington because we can move in a direction that’s good for people, good for the environment, and good for the economy all at the same time. Sharlett Mena, Washington State Representative, District 29
Through calling on companies to change their practices, I hope for an industry that is never inherently unsustainable to shop from. Prissila Moreno, OSPIRG Vice Chair, OSPIRG Waste is out of Fashion campaign coordinator at the University of Oregon
Through community and radical collaboration I believe that we can advocate for a better fashion system that both puts workers at the center and operates within our finite planetary boundaries. Alexa Roccanova, Senior Advocacy Manager with Remake, New York

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Ask an expert: What is a nurdle?

Beyond plastic

Ask an expert: What is a nurdle?

PIRG's Beyond Plastic Advocate Kelly Leviker sits down with Jace Tunnell, founder of Nurdle Patrol, to learn more about how these tiny pieces of plastic are having a big negative impact on the environment-- and what we can do to stop it.

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Faye
Park

Faye
Park

Executive Vice President; President, PIRG

Susan
Rakov

Susan
Rakov

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

Mark
Morgenstein
Mark Morgenstein

Mark
Morgenstein

Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network