Maryland PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In late 2020, state and federal consumer cops filed several enforcement actions against the powerful Big Tech platforms Google and Facebook over practices alleged to violate antitrust and competition laws.  What is notable about these efforts is the degree of bipartisanship and collaboration involved. Ideally, Congress will find a way to follow the bipartisan lead of the state consumer cops and make its continued investigations and actions against the Big Tech firms that now dominate the economy more effective.

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

Harmful, unnecessary single-use plastic packaging doesn’t belong on the shelves of a grocery chain with a reputation for being environmentally conscious.

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Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our job is to make sure that any decisions that get made during this remote legislative session are made in the public’s best interest.  

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Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

This year’s brands are overwhelmed with record amounts of accumulated overstock because of COVID-19 lockdowns. All that clothing has to go somewhere if it’s not being sold.

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Rishi Shah
Associate

Today we testified in support of a bill that reduces the barriers that students and military members face when they're registering to vote and turning out on Election Day. 

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

The world’s top plastic polluter — for the third year in a row — is missing a huge opportunity to reduce its waste footprint.

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Rishi Shah
Associate

We're testifying in support of legislation sponsored by Del. Guyton to ensure that voting sites are accessible via public transportation and by people with disabiliites.  

For the third year in a row, the list of the largest plastic polluters in the world remains pretty much the same. According to the 2020 Brand Audit Report by Break Free From Plastic, the corporations responsible for polluting the greatest amount of plastic waste are, in order: The Coca-Cola Company; PepsiCo; Nestlé; Unilever; Mondelez International; Mars, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Philip Morris International; Colgate-Palmolive; and Perfetti Van Melle.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. We want to take this time to talk about cancer prevention, and how protecting consumers and the environment from toxic chemicals is one way we can get closer to a cancer-free world.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In January, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority fined the dating app Grindr over $11 million for violating its users' privacy. In January 2020, U.S. PIRG and others had asked the FTC to investigate Grindr and other dating and health apps, but the agency has not taken action. In other news: January 2021, our coalition also asked the FTC to investigate the alleged difficulty of cancelling an Amazon Prime membership. Oh, and we've also urged Senate leaders not to give BigTech lobbyists any senior antitrust jobs!