Nicholas Georges

Updating the Federal Trade Commission Green Guides

February 1, 2023

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) U.S Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims Green Guides (Green Guides)i provide guidance to manufacturers and marketers on what environmental claims can be made on a product. During my time working in the aerosol industry, I was told a handful of times that I was preventing sales by […]

Air Quality & Consumer Products

January 1, 2023

We’re past the point of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and while Jack Frost still nips at our noses, we’re in full swing of the New Year. As we spend more time indoors during the Winter months, we’re more cognizant of indoor air quality. Research from the House Observations of Microbial & Environmental Chemistry […]

Updating Ingredient Disclosures

December 1, 2022

I’ve been told more than a few times that I spend too much time in the cleaning products aisle at the grocery store. I’ll admit that I also like the soda aisle because its where I find my coveted, zero-calorie, carbonated beverage of choice, but my time in the cleaning products industry has led to […]

U.S. Ratification of the Kigali Amendment

November 1, 2022

On Sept. 21, the U.S. Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The U.S. is now one of nearly 140 parties that have agreed to the Amendment to globally phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Under the Kigali Amendment, countries must decrease their […]

The focus on post-consumer recycled content in packaging

October 1, 2022

Recycling is a critical topic—and one that I’ve written about for SPRAY many times. However, one area that I’ve not yet addressed is the marketplace for the production of new manufactured products. While empty aluminum and steel aerosol containers have robust end markets with an increasing demand for more material, that isn’t the case for […]

Returning to normal through global collaboration

September 1, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a number of new challenges for all of us. For many, one of the minor challenges was working from home for the first time. While I know several of you reading this article enjoyed participating in Teams or Zoom calls in your pajamas, interfacing with each other separated by glowing screens […]

Give or take five years…

July 1, 2022

A little over five years ago, I stopped working in the aerosol industry and started working for the industry. I had big shoes to fill, replacing Doug Fratz at the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), now the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA). I was no longer helping put products in the hands of customers […]

The impact of regulating PFAS as a class

June 1, 2022

In 1938, Roy J. Plunkett accidentally created Teflon, which has since led to the discovery of a diverse range of compounds that have unique properties, including cutting down friction, creating a nonstick surface, waterproofing and stain resistance. There are thousands of fluorinated compounds in commerce that are used to make a number of products, such […]

Just One Word: Plastics

May 1, 2022

In 1967, Walter Brooke told Dustin Hoffman in the classic film The Graduate that “There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?” Fast forward to 2022 at the resumed session of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2), where 193 UN Member States endorsed a resolutioni to negotiate an […]

Unforeseen consequences from the rise of online sales

April 1, 2022

It’s an understatement to say that online sales have had an enormous impact on business, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The growing role of E-commerce has resulted in unique changes within organizations—both from operational and sales strategy perspectives. However, online sales have also impacted Research & Development (R&D) and Regulatory departments and packaging must now […]