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Share Your Thoughts: New Labels to Help ID Safer Products

From the Environmental Protection Agency

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Image description: Samples of the newly redesigned Safer Product labels.

Do you look for safer cleaning and household products? Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a voluntary program that reviews products and allows them to display its Safer Product Label if they meet EPA’s stringent health and environmental criteria?

The EPA is redesigning its Safer Product Label (formerly, the Design for the Environment label) to give it a more modern look and make it clear that labeled products are safer for health as well as the environment.

Learn more and then share your thoughts on whether the potential new labels get the message across and will help you recognize safer products on store shelves. Input is welcomed now through the end of October.

Will You Join Us and Commit to Protect the Climate?

By Jessica Orquina, Social Media Lead, Environmental Protection Agency

 April 22 is Earth Day, and here at EPA we celebrate all month. Carbon pollution is causing the temperature of our planet to rise, and this is affecting people around the globe. Together, though, we can make a difference.

Did you know that driving your car, using electricity to light and heat your home, and throwing away garbage all lead to greenhouse gas emissions? Here are some small things you can do on Earth Day, and through the month of April, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.

  • Check out our #ActOnClimate 30 Tips for Earth Month. Every day, we’ll be sharing a new tip on Facebook, Twitter, our blog, Google+, Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram. Follow our accounts to see the tips, or you can see all the tips on our Earth Day website. Please share the tips with your family and friends!
  • Join our Thunderclap: On Earth Day, #ActOnClimate. Thunderclap is a system that lets people share the same message at the same time via their social media accounts. We’re using it to share a message on Earth Day about the small actions we all can take to act on climate change. Commit to protecting our climate by joining our Thunderclap and also by helping us get the word out about the Thunderclap.
  • Join our Earth Month Twitter chats. Throughout the month of April, we’ll be hosting Twitter chats about climate change with experts from across EPA. Chat topics and schedule.
  • Attend an Earth Day event. We’ve got a list of events across the country.

Happy Earth Day, and thank you for helping protect our climate!

Image description: The U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility is located in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood, about eight miles from Capitol Hill, and is home to some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful plants. The facility opened in 1994 and, at 85,000 square feet, is the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States.
Photo by the Architect of the Capitol.

Image description: The U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility is located in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood, about eight miles from Capitol Hill, and is home to some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful plants. The facility opened in 1994 and, at 85,000 square feet, is the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States.

Photo by the Architect of the Capitol.

Did you know that you can recycle your old cell phones, PDAs, chargers, and batteries? Find a drop off location.

Image description: The Department of Interior conducted a high flow experiment at Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. 
Photo from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Image description: The Department of Interior conducted a high flow experiment at Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. 

Photo from the Bureau of Reclamation.