Wed December 12, 2012
Earth Calendar for December 12th and December 13th
The U.S. EPA's Design for the Environment program helps consumers and businesses identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective, and are safer for the environment.
Design for the Environment Program was created by the EPA in 1992. It works to prevent pollution, and the risk pollution presents to humans and the environment. The EPA DfE program provides information regarding safer electronics, safer flame retardants, safer chemical formulations, as well as best environmental practices. Design for the Environment employs a variety of design approaches that attempt to reduce the overall human health and environmental impact of a product, process or service, where impacts are considered across its life cycle. Different software tools have been developed to assist designers in finding optimized products.
The three main goals of DfE are:
- Promoting green cleaning and recognizing safer consumer and industrial and institutional products through safer product labeling.
- Defining Best Practices in areas ranging from auto refinishing to nail salon safety.
- Identifying safer chemicals, including life cycle considerations, through Alternatives Assessment.
When shopping, look for products carrying the "Design for the Environment" label. This mark allows consumers to quickly identify and choose more products that are safer for their families and also help protect the environment. DfE uses scientific information to identify products designed to be safer for the environment and to help you choose products and services, such as electronics or automotive refinishing.
Last year, Americans using products with the DfE label cut the use of harmful chemicals by more than 756 million pounds. Look for the DfE label to find products with the safest possible ingredients and help protect the environment. For a list of DfE products and services visit www.epa gov.
On Our Calendar: Snow, frost and ice have inspired artists for centuries. How will your family be inspired? Hamilton County Parks present a Winter Art program December 14th, 10:45 AM at Glenwood Gardens Highfield Discovery Garden. The program is weather dependent. Please call (513) 771-8733 for more information or visit Greatparks.org.