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December 13, 2012
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News and information on the cleaning products industry

  Business Update 
  • Marketers eye empty containers
    Scraping the bottom of the tube or container of a personal care or household cleaning product is a practice not only brought on by the recession; it helps consumers feel satisfied. In response, companies are modifying containers so they are easier to empty. "Nearly 50% of American households are trying to stretch the usage of individual products," said Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist at Booz & Co. The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cleaning market looks to continue innovation, product safety
    The household cleaning market shouldn't give up creating products, according to Gerard Baillely, Procter & Gamble's manager of home care research and development. Environmental concerns are also key to the industry. The American Cleaning Institute will be using its Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative to share detailed information about chemical ingredients in member-company products, said Paul DeLeo, ACI's senior director of environmental safety, speaking at the 2012 Cleaning Products Conference. HAPPI magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Growth is expected for household cleaning wipes
    The demand for wipes in the personal care, household cleaning and cosmetic sectors continues to surge, according to Freedonia Group, despite the economic downturn and consumers' worries about environmental impact. Top categories for growth include personal hygiene wipes and household cleaning wipes. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P&G's slogan and its relation to innovation
    Procter & Gamble's mission statement -- "to touch and improve lives" -- is so vague as to be meaningless, argues Elaine Dundon, and she says that such lack of clarity is making it harder for the company to innovate and execute effectively. "It's clear to me that P&G needs meaning, as well as meaningful innovation, and they need it now," she writes. Fast Company online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • EPA aims to prioritize, reduce IRIS assessments
    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a reduction of more than 50% in the number of active Integrated Risk Information System assessments in a bid to prioritize assessments and reduce the time needed for each. The American Chemistry Council has called for additional measures to ensure accountability and scientific rigor. "We are encouraged, but there remain many important issues to be addressed and there is a long way to go to implement the permanent changes needed to modernize IRIS," wrote David Fischer, senior director of ACC's Chemical Products and Technology Division, in a recent letter. (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • International groups team to create product life cycle standard
    The Consumer Goods Forum and the Sustainability Consortium have formed a partnership with the goal of creating a uniform measure of product life cycles, which they say will "enable everyone in the value chain to improve sustainability performance by gaining transparency and better understanding into the environmental impacts of individual consumer products and their lifecycles." Supermarket News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News 
  • At ACI Convention, it'll still be the season for giving
    The season of giving continues at the 2013 ACI Convention: join us in charity activities to benefit Cleaning for a Reason, which provides free residential cleaning services to women undergoing treatment for cancer. Whether it's our annual Golf Tournament, Eco-Tour, or Quack for a Reason Charity Duck Race, you can help make a difference during the cleaning product industry's top business event. Visit ACI's website for more information -- and if you haven't registered yet, make sure you do so today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last chance to donate to "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" -- help those affected by Superstorm Sandy
    Dec. 17 is the deadline to donate gloves and mittens as a part of "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts," an effort to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy, especially with cold weather now upon us. ACI will add soap bars to gloves and mittens that will be sent directly to families in need. For details on how you can help this project, developed by ACI and the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, visit ACI's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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