Nicholas Georges

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. […]

TSCA isn’t just for chemical suppliers

September 1, 2021

When I first started in the household and commercial products industry, I had a simplistic view of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and only cared if a substance was on the TSCA Inventory. From my perspective, TSCA was an issue for upstream suppliers, not something I had to bother with as a formulator. In […]

Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey

August 1, 2021

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, valves and containers in the U.S. This year marks the 70th consecutive year of the survey, with questionnaires being sent […]

How COVID-19 has impacted child-resistant packaging requirements

July 1, 2021

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 of this month’s column. Child-resistant packaging is required for consumer products that can pose a hazard to children under the […]

Working toward Cleaning Product Ingredient Disclosure

June 1, 2021

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 of the package. However, there might be changes that a consumer wouldn’t ever notice. I recently attended a webinar where […]

Using sustainability to build resiliency in the supply chain

May 1, 2021

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 cans to their universal waste programs. The disposal of a product and how that impacts the environment are important to […]

A new approach to recycling more aerosol containers

April 1, 2021

            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 value within the recycling stream. There have been various approaches to getting consumers and workers to recycle empty aerosol containers, […]