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Nicholas Georges
Nicholas Georges
Articles by Nicholas Georges
Industry calls for increased participation…        Every year, the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) conducts its Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey, which is meant to report on the unit production of aerosol products,…
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Manufacturers, regulators, retailers and consumers have a shared responsibility to ensure products are used safely and properly. This is done in numerous ways, including effective labeling, educational outreach and child-resistant packaging, which is the focus…
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When consumers get in the habit of using the same product over and over, they tend not to notice when the label changes, especially if it’s not a logo or color change on the front…
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Over the last year, I’ve written multiple columns about the end-of-life of aerosol products, including the recycling of empty aerosol cans and States’ adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)i rule to add aerosol…
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            Over the last few decades, stakeholders have discussed the best way to increase recycling rates of aerosol containers. The aerosol industry rightly maintains that steel and aluminum containers have…
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My original focus for this column was on the upcoming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) rulemaking directed by a portion of an omnibus bill that was passed at the end of the Trump Administration. However, because of numerous…
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Like all of you, I can’t wait to get past this Coronavirus pandemic and return to normal times. With multiple FDA-approved vaccines, the end is hopefully in sight. However, there are still certain practices we…
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Another year has come and gone and 2020 certainly presented its own set of challenges. However, with these challenges came new opportunities. As we look ahead to 2021, we also begin to think about the…
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There are ongoing discussions throughout the world about our waste problems. As countries and regions try to come up with different solutions, they all have the same goal of decreasing the amount of waste and…
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In 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rulei to prohibit the manufacture, import, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. This rule was the EPA’s…
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End of life, especially in regard to packaging, is a key component of sustainability. The proper disposal and effective recycling of all products, including aerosols, is critical to protect the environment and effectively manage resources.…
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In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a report to Congress on indoor air quality, which found that people spend approximately 93% of their time indoors, 2% outdoors and 5% in transit (e.g.,…
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Microplastics are very small plastic particles that typically come from the breakdown of larger pieces of plastic, especially when those larger plastic pieces are exposed to environmental conditions or have been designed and manufactured for…
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In May, the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) published its 69th annual Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey. The survey reports on the unit production of aerosol products, valves and containers within the U.S. Its purpose…
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The world is changing the way it looks at waste. For example, China stopped importing waste from other countries. Europe is expanding its understanding of the Circular Economy to enhance its competitiveness and resource efficiency.…
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W hen I joined the household and commercial products industry more than a decade ago, the foundation for regulating the volatile organic compound (VOC) content of consumer products had long been established. I never truly…
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The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) Aerosol Products Division (APD) recently reorganized under a new strategic plan to better serve the entire aerosol supply chain. This realignment will allow for increased member engagement and…
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We’re finally past the holiday season. Gone are the delicious aromas from cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Farewell to the pine scent from the Christmas tree. We’re well into the New Year and I’ve stopped mulling wine…
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The International Liaison Committee (ILC) is a network of aerosol associations from around the world that meet each year to discuss the challenges and opportunities impacting the aerosol industry in their respective country/region and around…
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Harmonizing U.S. regulations with the international community expands market access, decreases cost, increases efficiency and enhances safety. However, reaching alignment often requires a lot of time and effort on the part of regulators and industry.…
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There is little doubt among scientists about the impact of human activity on the Earth’s climate 1. The levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere are higher now than in the last 650,000 years…
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Consumers are demanding increased transparency from all facets of life, and household and commercial products are no exception. Since 2010, the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA), our member companies and allied trade associations have…
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For all you space aficionados—no, I’m not discussing Mir, the first modular space station. Sorry. As readers of SPRAY, you are no doubt aware that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has initiated a new…
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For consumers and workers around the world, aerosol products are convenient packages that are safe, efficient and easy to use. The unique packaging form allows a wide range of products to be dispensed in a…
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The first time I heard Aristotle’s quote, “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know,” was from my father during my childhood. I remember thinking it was such a profound thought, not…
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I remember trading baseball cards with friends as a child, and everyone was trying to get the latest Frank Thomas, Randy Johnson or Ken Griffey, Jr. card produced by Topps. I am not sure if…
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Over the last several decades, technology has developed by leaps and bounds. German physicist Heinrich Hertz first produced radio waves in 1886, which paved the road for today’s cell phones. In 1936, Alan Turing proposed…
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The questions keeping me up at night mostly revolve around how to grow the use of aerosol technology. What will be a game changer for aerosols? At what point in the creation of a product…
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Have you ever wondered how clouds form and why most of them don’t produce rain? Or why a particular sunset appears redder than usual? Have you heard of terms such as primary organic aerosols (POA)…
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Aerosols are often the convenient package of choice for pesticides, and whether it is their ability to spray more than 20 feet, or dispense product continuously, as with bug bombs, consumers and commercial workers depend…
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Consumers and workers should be able to feel confident that regulations are developed based on the best available science. We all benefit when risk evaluation relies on data and information, not perception or fear. Under…
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The U.S. government has a long history of improving public health and safety through laws and regulations. However, well-intentioned regulations can become outdated, duplicative or overly restrictive in today’s modern and rapidly changing marketplace. Whether…
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Since being approved in 1990, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) has set a high bar for consumer product emission standards and provided a model for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), numerous other states…
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Which aerosol product category grew the most in 2017? Which fell? To know what to expect in 2018–2019, businesses need powerful market data to guide investment, sales and development decisions. That’s why each year, the…
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January has arrived, marking the end of a very active year in Washington. In 2017, CSPA successfully tackled numerous regulatory and legislative issues affecting the aerosol community and the industry at large. However, we are…
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Consumers are demanding transparency from all facets of life and product manufacturers are stepping up to the challenge. That’s why many household and commercial product companies, in addition to longstanding voluntary disclosure programs, supported California…
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In the U.S., production of food products in the aerosol form is on the rise. According to CSPA’s 2016 Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey, the U.S. production of aerosol food products has increased every year since…
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