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Former EPA executive joins P&G’s U.S. sustainability expert advisory panel

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced that former EPA assistant administrator Steve Owens is the newest member of the company’s U.S. sustainability expert advisory panel.

Owens, who joined his first SEAP meeting earlier this month in Cincinnati, brings a strong background in environmental, safety and health issues to the panel, P&G said.

The U.S. panel includes national sustainability thinkers who have consulted extensively on sustainability initiatives as well as on product supply and brand innovations globally. The panel’s mission is to provide external perspective into U.S. P&G environmental sustainability practices by evaluating specific initiatives, collaborating with P&G brand representatives and exploring opportunities to facilitate communications with customers, consumers and key stakeholder groups.

“As P&G continues to make progress against its long term environmental vision and goals, Steve brings a wealth of both strategic insight and functional expertise to help guide the company’s approach,” said Rick Hackman, associate director of technical external relations for P&G. “We welcome the new perspective he brings to our discussions.”

Owens served as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator in charge of its Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention from 2009 until Nov. 30 last year, where he was responsible for managing U.S. regulatory and scientific programs under several statutes, including the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As assistant administrator, he was also responsible for many of the EPA’s collaborative pollution prevention programs and the implementation of the federal Pollution Prevention Act. Owens is currently in private law practice with the Squire Sanders law firm.

The announcement follows several P&G environmental sustainability milestones, which include:

  • Making its environmental sustainability supplier scorecard analysis tool freely available for use by any company. The Excel-based tool enables companies to measure and interpret key environmental sustainability metrics across their supply chains and identify progress as well as opportunities for improvement.

  • Launching the “Take a Load Off” campaign featuring Tide Coldwater in honor of Earth Day 2012. This program educates and empowers consumers nationwide to switch to cold water laundry washing.

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Monkey Sea Monkey Doo develops all-natural, hypoallergenic personal care for little ones

BY Antoinette Alexander

IRVINE, Calif. — Monkey Sea Monkey Doo, a maker of all-natural hypoallergenic skin and hair care products, has announced the release of a new line for babies and children.

Monkey Sea Monkey Doo’s body care products are hypoallergenic and do not contain gluten, soy, dairy or oats. The formulas are infused with such ingredients as jojoba oil, olive oil and aloe leaf extract.

Monkey Sea Monkey Doo is a woman- and family-owned company that was founded by Maria Mills. Mills, a mother of two with one facing severe allergies, designed the all-natural bath and body care line for babies and children who suffer from extreme allergies, health conditions, sensitive skin or any child in general.

Leaping Bunny, a vegan-friendly organization, recently certified Monkey Sea Monkey Doo’s unscented line and cherry line (natural aroma). The unscented fragrance-free line offers a 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash with an everyday lotion. The cherry line has a 3-in-1 shampoo, body wash and conditioner, as well as an everyday lotion. The cherry 3-in-1 and the unscented 2-in-1 also can be used as bubble bath.

Monkey Sea Monkey Doo currently is formulating a new moisturizing cherry conditioner.

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Red Carpet Manicure at-home gel polish expands to Canada

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Red Carpet Manicure, an at-home LED gel manicure and pedicure system, has announced that it is expanding to Canada with plans to launch the system at London Drug, Rexall and The Shopping Channel in June.

The rollout of the Red Carpet Manicure line in Canada will include the brand’s starter kit and 54 shades of gel polish. The system is applied in three steps: a base coat, gel polish application and topcoat, paired with the portable LED light or pro-light.

After launching in the United States in September 2011, Red Carpet Manicure expanded globally to the United Kingdom in early 2012. “With the success we have seen with Red Carpet Manicure in the [United States] and the [United Kingdom], we felt it was the right time to bring the revolutionary system to Canada,” stated Bruce Kowalsky, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “The nail category continues to increase in popularity, and we are thrilled to be bringing the salon experience home to the masses.”

Red Carpet Manicure aims to provide an affordable gel polish option with the full Starter kit collection, costing $75 to $100 for the Gel Polish Pro kit. Compared with an average of $40 for a one-time professional application, the Red Carpet Manicure system is as low as $3.75 for 20 at-home gel manicures. The Starter and Pro kits include Prep Max adhesion sanitizer, Structure Base Coat gel, Brilliance Seal & Shine top coat gel and Revitalize nourishing cuticle oil, as well as a cleanser, remover, grooming kit and LED light.

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