Propellant-free, refillable aerosols take on conventional products

Nine months after Procter & Gamble launched its novel propellant-free "Pump & Spray" aerosol hair spray and refill pack on the UK market, competitors are beginning to introduce similar products. But consumers are proving slow to change their purchasing habits.

P&G's "Pump & Spray" air-powered hair spray and refill packs were launched under the Vidal Sassoon brand name last August (ENDS Report 199, pp 23-24). The company claimed that the product performed as well as conventional aerosols, but had much smaller environmental impacts. These include no added propellant and, after three or four refills, lower energy and water consumption and less solid waste generation as well.

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