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Simple Steps for Safer Face Paint

But what exactly are you putting on your children’s skin when transforming them into ghosts or tiger cubs? You might be surprised.  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 10 face paints for heavy metals and found lead in every one of them. There is no safe level of exposure to lead, and because it’s a neurotoxin, it’s particularly dangerous to children’s brains.From spooky to adorable, face paint can put the finishing touches on a great Halloween costume.

It’s also a popular alternative to masks, which may be prohibited at school and can restrict vision – a big safety concern for trick-or-treaters on dark streets.


Accept the Challenge of Reducing Food Waste


This holiday season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages people to save money and protect the environment by reducing the amount of wasted food that gets thrown away. In 2011 alone, Americans generated 36 million tons of food waste. Most of this went to landfills to decompose and produce methane—a powerful greenhouse gas over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.


Holiday Recycling

Holiday Recycling Gift - Image courtesy of This holiday season is a time of giving gifts, being with family, and recycling. This is the perfect time to clean out your own junk and give it away to others who need it, or take it to a scrap yard to get more and give more. There are a few different things that can be done to participate in holiday recycling. Here are a few ideas to get your started.


Halloween Pumpkin Composting Tricks Lead to Environmental Treats

While pondering "Trick or treat?" this Halloween, millions of Americans will face another dilemma: what to do with that rotting jack-o'-lantern by the door?

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 44 percent of Americans will carve a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween this year, but on Nov. 1, Jack's destiny may be trashed. Pumpkins tossed in the garbage will join the roughly 70 million tons of yard trimmings and food waste that Americans throw out annually – the largest component of household trash.


Season's Greenings from the U.S. Postal Service


The U.S. Postal Service can help shippers go green and save green by sending holiday gifts and shipments in eco-responsible packaging from the comfort of home or office at, the Post Office that's always open.

"The Postal Service is one of the greenest mailing and shipping companies in the world," said Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day . "We offer more than a half-billion eco-responsible mailing and shipping supplies, free package pickup, and almost everything you can do at the Post Office, you can do online. So skip the trip and save fuel this Yule."



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