Friday, November 6, 2009

ABC Report Ignores the Facts Behind NoCFCs Logo

An ABC Good Morning America report titled Are Green Products Worth the Money used an aerosol shaving cream product with a “No CFCs” logo as an example of "greenwashing." A spokesperson for the company that reviews green product claims for the Canadian government used the No CFCs logo as an example of "hyping what's been taken out of the product" and called the logo misleading since chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were banned in aerosols in 1978.

What the spokesperson may not know is that a recent survey showed that 70% of consumers believe that aerosol products still contain CFCs. While it may be possible that the other 30% might consider the No CFC logo misleading, we think that it is important to continue educating the majority who don't know that aerosol product manufacturers began to remove CFCs even before they were banned.

Correcting a misperception about environmental impact is good honest communication that will help the consumer make enlightened product choices.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Be informed on aerosol products—know what you buy and why

Be informed on aerosol products—know what you buy and why

As awareness of our environment grows, many people have questions about the products and packages they buy, including aerosol products. To help the environment for ourselves and our children, we need to know the facts, so we can be informed responsible citizens and consumers.

Many people are surprised to learn the environmental benefits of aerosol packaging. Aerosol products do not harm the earth's ozone layer, and they do reduce waste through their long product shelf life and minimum spillage. Aerosol products provide important safety benefits by being tamper-resistance and tamper-evident. They require no mixing and are recyclable.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Washington Post Photo Sends Wrong Message

A photograph and caption that appeared with a September 18 Washington Post film review of the documentary "Earth Days" is misleading. The photograph is a vintage shot of a woman spraying an unidentified aerosol product indoors that was included in a press kit promoting the film. The caption reads: "Earth Days, uses archival video to show environmental abuse such as the use of aerosols and features talks with activists."

The photo caption relates aerosols to environmental abuse although the film says nothing about aerosol products. The only reference to them in the documentary is a brief video segment similar to the photograph shown while a narrator reads an unrelated quote from Rachel Carson. The film is basically a history of environmental concerns depicted through a series of talking heads, mostly activists but some politicians and scientists, and lots of old film footage.

The photo caption fosters the common misperception that aerosol products are somehow environmentally unfriendly. That simply is not true. Yes, more than 30 years ago, many products, including aerosols, contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). However, product manufacturers voluntarily removed CFCs from aerosols after scientists discovered a possible link between the products and harm to the ozone. Most aerosol products were CFC-free before the EPA banned the chemical in 1978, yet some 70 percent of the public still mistakenly believe aerosol products contain CFCs.

It's ironic that the Post would publish such a negative photograph in the same week that the leading money making film, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs , is released and concludes with an aerosol product saving the world. You can learn more about today's environmentally friendly aerosol products by visiting, or

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Is "No CFC" Label Misleading?

A recent blog posting (link to caught our attention. This blogger said she used hairspray with a "No CFCs" logo and later found out that all aerosol products are CFC-free. Why, then, label a product as CFC-free? Isn’t that a misleading “green” claim?

Aerosol manufacturers voluntarily took CFCs out of aerosols soon after scientists discovered the relationship between CFC and the upper ozone, which was prior to EPA banning CFCs in 1978. The “No CFC” logo was created shortly afterward for product manufacturers to help inform consumers that that the chemical had been removed from products.

A recent survey showed that 70% of the public still think that aerosols contain CFCs. While the other 30-percent may perceive use of the “No CFC” logo a misleading green claim, we think it is important to continue educating the other 70 percent.
We welcome your thoughts by posting a comment.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Development of Aerosol Technology

Back in World War II, American soldiers were fighting for their lives. They were also being eaten alive by mosquitoes. They needed a way to protect themselves. Scientists turned to a technology that had actually been around since the 18th century, but needed some modifications. Since then, step-by-step, aerosol technology has evolved to what we use today.

The first aerosol was developed in 1929 when a Norwegian engineer designed an early can and valve aerosol propellant system, the “primitive” forerunner for our modern design. During WWII, aerosol spray cans of insect repellents were first developed for mosquito-bitten American soldiers. It wasn’t until 1947 that aerosol technology was introduced to U.S. civilians.

In 1974, Scientists proposed the theory that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) damage the ozone layer. Prior to that time CFCs were used as propellants in aerosol products. Aerosol manufacturers began to discontinue the use of CFC before the U.S. banned them in 1978. In 1987, 24 countries signed The Montreal Protocol On Substances That Deplete The Ozone Layer, each agreeing to gradually phase out the use of Ozone Depleting Compounds, including CFCs. The protocol eventually fully phased out CFCs in 1996. In 2020, complete global phase out of the ODC Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) is expected to be completed under the guidelines of the Montreal Protocol Agreement.

Friday, August 28, 2009

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