Update: Bill to eliminate plastic packaging in online retail heads to Assembly floor

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Jenn Engstrom
State Director, CALPIRG

Author: Jenn Engstrom

State Director, CALPIRG

213-251-3680 x322

Started on staff: 2010
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley

Jenn directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento and across the state on protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. Jenn has served on the CALPIRG board for the past two years before stepping into her current role. Most recently, as the deputy national director for the Student PIRGs, she helped run our national effort to mobilize hundreds of thousands of students to vote. She led CALPIRG’s organizing team for years and managed our citizen outreach offices across the state, running campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags, stop the overuse of antibiotics, and go 100% renewable energy. Jenn lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and visiting the many amazing restaurants in her city.

Today, the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved Assembly Bill 2026 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, which would eliminate single-use plastic used in online retail. 

This legislation tackles plastic waste generated by the  foam peanuts, bubble wrap, and plastic envelopes that online retailers ship to our homes.  Most of that plastic can’t be recycled, so that pile ends up clogging landfills, littering our communities or polluting the environment. With online shopping on the rise,  e-commerce companies generated 600 million pounds of plastic waste nationally in 2020 alone.

CALPIRG commends the Assembly Appropriations Committee for approving this important legislation to change the way online retail is shipped in our state.  The bill now heads to the Assembly floor where it needs to be voted on my May 27th to stay active this year. 

Tell your state lawmakers to vote yes on AB 2026. 

Jenn Engstrom
State Director, CALPIRG

Author: Jenn Engstrom

State Director, CALPIRG

213-251-3680 x322

Started on staff: 2010
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley

Jenn directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento and across the state on protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. Jenn has served on the CALPIRG board for the past two years before stepping into her current role. Most recently, as the deputy national director for the Student PIRGs, she helped run our national effort to mobilize hundreds of thousands of students to vote. She led CALPIRG’s organizing team for years and managed our citizen outreach offices across the state, running campaigns to ban single-use plastic bags, stop the overuse of antibiotics, and go 100% renewable energy. Jenn lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and visiting the many amazing restaurants in her city.