Nicholas Georges

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, […]

Implementation of the American Innovation & Manufacturing Act

December 1, 2021

On Sept. 23, 2021, Michael Reagan, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), signed the Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation & Trading Program Under the American Innovation & Manufacturing Acti final rule, which established a program to cap and phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) for 2022 and 2023, […]

It’s time to act on aerosol recycling

November 1, 2021

What is your confidence level, as a consumer, in the recyclability of the products and materials you have to dispose of? Some consumer goods are easy. Everyone knows what to do with an empty beer can or the cardboard packaging from an online delivery. However, what about an empty milk container (and with or without […]

New Research on Air Quality

October 1, 2021

I saw a tagline recently for an article in The Colorado Sun that said, “The home is the new tailpipe.”i The article was about new research on air quality from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a partnership of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder. […]