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Ayúdenos a elaborar una nueva marca para productos más seguros

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El Swoosh. Los Arcos Dorados. Es posible que usted pueda reconocer estos productos sin tener que ver el nombre de la compañía que los fabrica ya que los logotipos simplifican el proceso de identificación de la marcas. ¿Pero, qué se necesita para la creación de un buen logotipo? ¿Qué sería conveniente para que un logo adquiera significado y pueda ser identificado con facilidad?

Ayúdenos a contestar estas preguntas al participar del proceso de rediseño de la etiqueta de aprobación de la EPA. Dicha etiqueta se utiliza para identificar los productos que además de ser de buena calidad también cuentan con los requisitos para ser considerados como seguros para su familia y el medio ambiente. Usted podrá encontrar la etiqueta tanto en artículos de limpieza del hogar, autos e interiores al igual que en productos para el cuidado de su mascota. Eche un vistazo a los diseños de las etiquetas propuestas a continuación y déjenos saber lo que piensa al respecto. Tendrá la oportunidad de dejarnos saber su opinion sobre las propuestas de rediseño hasta el 31 de octubre.

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Cuando observe las opciones, considere detalles como: ¿Cuál de los diseños capta su atención? ¿Qué elementos o detalles transmiten mejor el concepto de productos más seguros para la salud de su familia? ¿Qué le parecen las palabras, gráficas, colores y figuras utilizadas? Valoramos realmente sus aportaciones y comentarios.

En la actualidad, más de 2,500 productos han adoptado la iniciativa de llevar la existente Etiqueta de Productos Más Seguros de EPA. Muchos de estos productos ya se pueden encontrar en los anaqueles de sus tiendas favoritas y los principales detallistas. De hecho, una de las principales cadenas minoristas del mundo al igual que otros importantes minoristas y manufactureros ven la etiqueta como una excelente manera de ayudarles a adoptar prácticas más seguras y un mayor uso de sustancias químicas sostenibles en sus productos. Todos los ingredientes en los productos que llevan la etiqueta pasan por un proceso de evaluacion exhaustivo para asegurar que reúnen los estándares de cualificación para la seguridad y rendimiento.

Gracias por su aportación y por ayudarnos a crear una etiqueta más reconocible para productos seguros y eficaces de uso doméstico para consumidores como usted.

 

Favor de notar que el rediseño no cambiará ni afectará en ninguna manera los estándares del programa. Busque la etiqueta vigente en el empaque de productos domésticos durante la transición mientras se efectúe el rediseño de la etiqueta.

 

 

 

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Le invitamos a compartir esta publicación. Sin embargo, solicitamos que no se cambie el titulo o el contenido. En el caso que se realicen cambios, no atribuya el título o contenido editado a EPA o el autor de este artículo.

 

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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Help Us Make a (New) Mark on Safer Products

The Swoosh. The Golden Arches. You probably recognize these companies without even seeing the name of the company. They are symbolic logos of their respective companies. So what makes a great label or logo? How can it be meaningful and easily recognizable?

Help us answer these questions as we redesign the EPA label to help you identify products like laundry and dish detergents, all-purpose cleaners, pet care products and cleaners for cars, decks, RVs and boats that are safer for your family and the environment and also work well. Take a look at the proposed label designs below and let us know what you think by October 31, 2014.

When looking at these options, consider: What is most appealing to you? What best conveys the concept of safer products for your family’s health? What are your thoughts on the words, graphic, colors and shapes? We really value your input and all comments are welcome.

Already, there are more than 2,500 products that carry the existing EPA Safer Product label, many of which can be found on the shelves of your favorite stores and major retailers. In fact, the world’s largest retailer and other major retailers and manufacturers look to the existing label to help them move toward safer, more sustainable chemicals in their products. All ingredients in products that earn the label have undergone a thorough evaluation to ensure they meet high standards for safety and performance.

Thank you for your input and helping us create a more recognizable label for safer and effective household products for consumers like you!

Note: The redesign will in no way change or affect the program standards. Look for the current label on packaging until the transition to the redesigned labe

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Using Prevention and Biopesticides to Protect against Mosquitoes

A closeup of a mosquito on a person's skinThere are around 200 different species of mosquitoes in the United States, and if you’ve spent time outdoors in warmer weather, you’ve probably encountered a mosquito—or thirty. While itchy bites (a reaction to the mosquito’s saliva) can be annoying, the possibility of mosquito-borne diseases is more worrisome. You may have heard about one that has recently found its way here: the Chikungunya virus.

One of the earliest Chikungunya (meaning “to become contorted” in the Kimakonde language) outbreaks occurred in the early 1950’s in Africa. More recently, the virus has been reported in the Caribbean. Since the beginning of this year, the CDC reports that several hundred travel-associated cases have been found in the United States, while a small number of locally-transmitted cases have been identified in Florida. Common symptoms are fever and joint pain, which may be accompanied by headache, muscle pain, or rash.

Knowledge and prevention are key to protecting yourself against mosquito-borne diseases.

Protect yourself and your loved ones with repellants

While conventional insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET are an effective way to prevent insect bites, biologically-based “biopesticide” products can also help keep pesky mosquitoes at bay. Biopesticides such as Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective as mosquito repellents and can be found in many repellent products. With EPA’s online tool, you can search for and find the repellent that is best for you. Our website also offers tips to help protect yourself from mosquitoes.

EPA recently unveiled a new graphic that will help you make more informed choices about how and when to apply repellents. You should start seeing the new graphic next mosquito season.

Tips for controlling mosquito growth

The first step to control mosquitoes around your home is making sure they don’t have a place to lay their eggs. EPA offers tips for limiting areas where mosquitoes breed.

EPA also registers biopesticide products with the active ingredient methoprene, and with strains of bacterial insecticides such as Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis or Bacillus sphaericus. These products control mosquito larvae in standing water and help reduce the adult mosquito population.

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The New Graphic will do for Insect Repellents What SPF Labeling did for Sunscreens

Remember the days before SPF when you weren’t so sure how long your sun screen would protect you from the sun’s harmful rays? Maybe I’m dating myself. I burn easily and had no idea how to protect myself, what to apply, and when to reapply suntan lotion.

Many of us continue to experience the same problems when trying to decide which mosquito repellent to use and when to reapply it. And what about ticks?

Nowadays we know that both mosquitoes and ticks carry some serious diseases. Mosquitoes can give you West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis, and ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Like sunscreens, mosquito and tick repellents can provide important protection against potentially lifelong health problems.

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EPA Takes Important Step in Assessing Chemical Risk

Earlier today, EPA made public a final risk assessment on a number of uses of the chemical, Trichloroethylene, or TCE, as it is more commonly known. The risk assessment indicated health risks from TCE to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives used for artwork. It can pose harm to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain remover in dry cleaners. It has been more than 28 years since we last issued a final risk assessment for an existing chemical.

EPA conducted the TCE risk assessment as part of a broader effort to begin assessing chemicals and chemical uses that may pose a concern to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA is this country’s 38-year old chemicals management legislation, which is badly in need of modernization

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Consumer Product Companies Leading the Way to Greener Products

Getting a tour of Earth Friendly Products in Southern California.

Getting a tour of Earth Friendly Products in Southern California.

 

During some recent travel, I spent time with several consumer product companies and retailers who are stepping up as  safer product leaders and innovators, advancing industry beyond the safety “floor” set by the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

In Southern California, I met with Earth Friendly Products. All their products are manufactured in the U.S. and 90% have earned the Design for the Environment (DfE) label.

I also took part in the Safer Consumer Product Summit in California followed by a visit to the Consumer Specialty Product Association (CSPA) meeting in Chicago.Then, outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I met with BerkleyGreen (Berkley Packaging Company Inc.), a family- and woman-owned DfE partner with 29 DfE-labeled products.

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Do You Know Who Grows Your Food?

 

Two million farmworkers help grow, tend and harvest the food that we put on our tables every day.  They are the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers whose hard work and long days enable us to have healthy, plentiful food.  They are often exposed to hazards from pesticide exposures and need the same workplace protection that other industry workers have had for decades.

It’s been 20 years since the rules providing protections to farmworkers were updated.  In February of this year, the agency proposed for public comment on a revised Worker Protection Standard.  The proposal is the result of numerous discussions across the country with farm workers, farm owners, states and others on what is working, what is not, and what needs to be improved when it comes to the current rule. More

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Design for the Environment Teams up with Business Leaders

It’s always exciting and encouraging to see companies across the country recognize the benefits of sustainability goals and expand the availability of products with improved environmental characteristics. At the 2014 Walmart Sustainable Product Expo, dozens of leaders and thousands of attendees came together with non-governmental organizations and EPA representatives to learn about sustainability initiatives, share information, and build a network for constructive collaboration and leadership. More

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Springtime Means Tick Time

I remember my distress when both of my children came home from camp one year with ticks. I know from friends and colleagues who have contracted diseases carried by ticks, such as Lyme disease, that Lyme disease can be a life-changing, harrowing experience — from fevers to joint-pain and numbness to worsening symptoms. Luckily, my own children were spared.

Ticks are a growing problem across much of the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preliminary results from three different evaluation methods suggest that the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is around 300,000. With warmer weather upon us, we’re all gearing up for more time in the great outdoors.
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Climate Change and Green Chemistry Technologies

When it comes to preventing climate change, you’re right to think about the big sources of carbon pollution like power plants and cars. But did you know that if each of us washed our clothes in cold water, it would cut residential carbon pollution by a total of 4 percent?  Plus, by doing so, we would save money on our home energy bills at the same time.  Cold water detergents now make it possible to skip the need to use hot water to clean our clothes, and it’s one of the break-through green chemistry technologies that help us mitigate climate change.

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances in the first place.  In addition to cold water detergents, EPA is promoting the development of other exciting green chemistries. Through our Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards we recognize the groundbreaking work of some the most innovative scientists and researchers in the U.S. More

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