Moose swimming in water at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
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Implement a strong producer responsibility system and reduce single-use plastic packaging

Microscopic bits of colored plastic recently were found in 90% of Colorado water samples.

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Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

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Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

Plastic is an environmentally harmful material in every stage of its life cycle. It is produced from oil through a chemical process and after generally a single use, it pollutes the environment for centuries. If it’s not recovered and recycled, it releases toxic chemicals into the ground and water. And because it’s not biodegradable, it will continue to do so indefinitely. Even worse, it harms wildlife when it ends up in their stomachs or when it contaminates their surrounding food source. It’s clear that plastic pollution is dangerous, so why do we use so much of it?

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Wasting our Waterways
This Dow Chemical facility in Freeport, TX released toxic substances to a local waterway in 2020.

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Wasting our Waterways

Polluters poured nearly 200 million pounds of toxic substances into U.S. waterways in 2020. We must strengthen Clean Water Act protections and reduce toxics use.

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It is now apparent that we need to take significant action in the next few years if we are to have any chance of avoiding the really significant impacts of a changing climate. Bruce Parker, Member, Environment America
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