Nicholas Georges

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 […]

Simplification of labeling through technology

March 1, 2022

Advancements in technology can offer consumers, workers and businesses a number of opportunities for improvement. For the household and commercial products industry, that means making processes and products easier, cleaner and ultimately, better. However, change can be hard, and companies often move cautiously to ensure that the next generation of technology not only improves the […]

Aerosol Can or Can’t?

February 1, 2022

Improving the recycling system before it’s too late You may have read one of my previous columns about a collaborative effort between the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) to improve the recycling rate of aerosol products. The goal of this initiative is to educate U.S. consumers about recycling, […]

Understanding market impacts on the 2021 aerosol industry

January 1, 2022

From all of us at the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA), we wish SPRAY readers a happy and healthy New Year. Here’s hoping the challenges we’ve faced over the last two years are behind us. Industry faced a unique set of challenges in 2021. While experiencing a global pandemic, companies had to navigate inflation, […]