Earth Day action alert from Iowa Public Interest Research Group
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now 11 times the size of Iowa — and it isn’t going away on its own.
The plastic we’re producing isn’t just polluting our oceans — it’s ending up in our communities, landfills, rivers and, ultimately, our drinking water and our bodies.
It’s clear that our plastic waste problem is bigger than your recycling bin — no matter how good your recycling habits are, this mass of plastic is going to continue to grow if we don’t fundamentally rethink our throwaway culture.
That’s why Iowa PIRG launched our Beyond Plastic campaign to stop the endless cycle of production and consumption that threatens to choke our entire planet with trash.
Even though Iowa is just a fraction of the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, we can make a world of difference by banning the worst single-use plastics in our state.
This Earth Day, will you help make our state and our world a cleaner, safer, healthier place for future generations?
Our national network helped to introduce bills in 14 states to ban the worst single-use consumer plastics — from plastic bags to polystyrene. Earlier this month, our sister group Maryland PIRG helped get what could be the country’s first statewide polystyrene ban through the Maryland state legislature with overwhelming support.
From investigative research to put forth the best solutions to organizing outreach to state legislators to discuss why these bans are necessary, we’re working on multiple fronts to get these laws passed.
Since the 1970s, our network has won more than 54 pro-recycling laws, single-use plastic bag bans, and other policies to tackle our country’s plastic problem in 16 states.
Iowa PIRG and our national network are taking on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch one ban at a time. Our staff is working on the ground in 25 states to help coordinate action.
Help us a leader in banning the worst single-use plastics. We’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 by Earth Day to keep our campaigns going strong.
Our plastic problem is big — bigger than 11 Iowas — but we know that state-by-state, city-by-city, these bans will be the key to addressing plastic pollution.
Plastic is endangering our world, our wildlife and our health. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our planet and threaten our future for hundreds of years.
Help Iowa PIRG pave the way for a better future for our children and grandchildren. Donate before Earth Day to support our Beyond Plastic campaign and other vital work in the public interest.
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