Earth Calendar for September 14th and September 15th

Sep 14, 2012

We all know cleaning is a chore that just has to get done but why does picking a safer cleaning product also have to be a burden? The scary fact is, ingredient labels aren't mandatory for cleaning products. Some companies don't list anything, while others list just one or two ingredients or use vague terms. Environmental Working Group has compiled the  EWG's 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning listing that rates more than 2,000 household cleaning products for toxicity and disclosure. It might not come as a surprise that there are dangerous ingredients in cleaning products - some known to harm the lungs, trigger asthma or are linked to cancer. What may surprise you is how few good options there are. EWG wants to provide information you won't necessarily find on labels.  For more than a year, their staff scientists have scoured the labels and websites of thousands of products to compile a wide-ranging list of chemicals in household cleaners and have conducted extensive scientific reviews of these substances.  When building the grading system, they looked not only at the toxicity of a product's contents but also the transparency of its labeling and created an important tool so you can get the information you need  in a matter of minutes.  To check out the brand new EWG’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning so you can sidestep the worst products out there and reduce the number of harmful chemicals to which you might otherwise be exposed visit the website.

On Our Calendar:  Grab your butterfly net and join the naturalist to look for, and hopefully capture a few monarch butterflies. Once captured, the butterflies will be tagged and released as they complete their long distance migration to Mexico. The tags will serve as their id in case they are recovered. Saturday September 15th, 2:00 pm at Shor Park.  For information on Monarch Butterfly tagging and other naturalist events, visit Clermont County Parks' website.