Procter & Gamble and more than 700 North American employees recently came together for the 6th annual P&G North America Marketing Service Day. employees from across the U.S. volunteered to help make a difference in their communities. For example, they partnered with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund team to restore the Cheviot Memorial Fields (one of the oldest baseball fields in Ohio), as well as the historic grandstand which dates back to the 1930s, the Cheviot Armory and the surrounding community playground and picnic areas.
Outside of Cincinnati, P&G employees made a difference in eleven additional communities in Fayetteville, AR.; Bethel, CT.; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Hunt Valley, MD; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Woodland Hills, CA.; Los Angeles, CA and Puerto Rico. Local partners included Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club and Dress for Success.
Check out the new blog from the Western Aerosol Information Bureau (WAIB): www.air-us.org. Its main purpose is to disseminate industry related information (regulatory news, columns from industry experts, etc.) to members and all interested followers of aerosol topics. The launch is extremely timely in light of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) recent position regarding the VOC (volatile organic compounds) exemption of LVP (low vapor pressure) chemicals. More info: www.waib.org
Vaze College in Mulund, Mumbai, India has opened a four-month perfumery course for the visually impaired, following research conducted by international fragrance house CPL Aromas and the Blind Persons’ Association. The company carried out the research in the hope of advancing employment opportunities for the visually impaired in the fragrance and associated industries. The research included a test that examined the candidates’ ability to differentiate between very similar odors and to rank identical odors in strength. It was revealed that the visually impaired candidates showed a significantly improved ability to identify certain odor groups than sighted candidates who took the same test.
Novelty gift company Mustard has launched CANNED, a $16 insulated water bottle masquerading as an aerosol can. Meant to represent the favorite tool of street artists everywhere, the container doesn’t actually spray. This may come as a disappointment to those who are enamored by the likes of Turbo Tango aerosol soda (see ST&M, August, 2011), but the “nozzle” is just a clever way of staying hydrated. If you keep a lot of spray paint around (and who doesn’t?), this may be an accident waiting to happen. Hmmm…
“The best part is that unlike [sighted people], the students cannot be biased towards a product. We see the attractive packaging first…but their evaluation is free from any bias,” commented Renuka Thergaonkar, Dept Head of Cosmetics & Fragrance at Vaze College.
CPL Aromas Group CEO, Chris Pickthall, said “I am very happy that the original idea has resulted in something real and tangible. It is important now to find employment for the students within our industry and to keep the course running for more students in the future.” CPL Aromas plans to continue seeking ways of using this research to create employment opportunities for the visually impaired.
Ever mindful of rules and regulations, Doug Raymond (left) and Eileen Raymond (right), of Raymond Regulatory Resources, along with Spray Publisher Cindy Hundley (center), enjoy some fresh air while sticking to the path in Lake Tahoe, NV following the Western Aerosol Information Bureau’s 40th Annual Conference at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino in September. Photo courtesy of George Buckland, DS containers.