• Wipes Market Poised for Growth

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Associate Editor September 27, 2013
    This summer the disposable wipes market received two major coups that will help it grow in two important, and potentially profitable categories. The first, of course, is the long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (better known as the &l…

  • Where Great Ideas Come From…

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director September 27, 2013
    That plastic wrap keeping your sandwich fresh wasn’t designed to protect bologna. After Ralph Wiley, a Dow Chemical chemist, accidentally discovered polyvinylidene in 1933, the military sprayed it on fighter planes to guard against corrosion an…

  • When I Grow Up…I Wanna Blog

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director September 4, 2013
    Forget ballerina or fireman, some of today’s most tech-savvy and opinionated kids (and young adults, too) are making a living by telling people what they think—about your products. Whether it’s a lipstick, anti-aging cream, dish det…

  • The Future of Aging

    Sean Moloughney, Editor, Nutraceuticals World September 4, 2013
    It’s rare when the U.S. is considered an emerging market, but that seems to be the case with nutricosmetics. Well-established in Asia, these ingestible supplements are designed to promote beauty from within, and continue to gain traction in Nor…

  • Putting a Value on R&D

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director August 2, 2013
    The US economy took a big leap forward on July 31. No, Detroit didn’t start turning out more cars (in fact, the city is broke). And no, Silicon Valley hasn’t released another superchip on the market (how many devices do we really need any…

  • It’s Not You, It’s Them…

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director July 10, 2013
    I’ve sat through dozens of presentations regarding anti-aging products and often asked myself, “if everybody is really using all these creams, lotions and serums, why do most of us middle-aged folks still look like hell?” Turns out,…

  • Getting Closer on TSCA Reform

    Tom Branna June 6, 2013
    Who says Congress is broken? Late last month, US Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) announced that they have a groundbreaking, bipartisan agreement to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act. For some of the bill&rsqu…

  • Finally, a Site For Sore Eyes

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director May 3, 2013
    Happi.com debuted in 1996 and we’ve been attracting visitors—now more than 50,000 each month—ever since. A few years ago, management decided to take the plunge and spend millions, okay thousands, to hire an online media consultant t…

  • Anti-Aging Conference is Oct. 29 & 30

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director April 3, 2013
    Efficacy, product claims, testing, active ingredients, FDA Warning Letters…keeping up with all the issues surrounding the fast-growing anti-aging category will age anyone. Luckily, you’ll get answers to all your questions in one spot w…

  • Those Were The Draize…

    Tom Branna , Editorial Director March 13, 2013
    Few subjects in the household and personal products industry stir up more controversy than product safety testing on animals. For decades, the industry has faced opposition from animal rights groups who abhor the use of mice, rats and rabbits and o…

  • It’s 2031: I’m Broke …and wrinkled!

    February 12, 2013
    With all the talk about Social Security going belly up sometime before 2040, my profit sharing plan going kaput and my 401k account gyrating along with every word out of Washington, these days I’ve been more concerned about my finances in ret…

  • Happi Anniversary!

    January 24, 2013
    If it’s 2013, that means Happi is turning 50 years old. Vol. 1, No. 1 rolled off the presses in June, 1964. In that inaugural issue, then-publisher Ralph E. Dorland noted: “Our goal is to keep the industry abreast of all the new developm…

  • Thats Incredible...And Sad, Too

    November 21, 2012
    One of the perks that come with this job is the international travel. I may complain about 20 hour flights, but they’re worth it when you get to come face to face with lions, as I did in October during the IFSCC Congress in South Africa or, onl…

  • A Fiscal Cliff?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director November 6, 2012
     If you’re reading this, the US Presidential Election has come and gone. Regardless of who won, you can bet that federal government gridlock will be worse than ever. Unfortunately, the hard feelings come at a time when real leadership, in…

  • All Eyes on China

    September 28, 2012
    The Chinese economy may not be posting double-digit gains as it has in recent years, but that’s not keeping companies throughout the world from investing in this dynamic market. Estée Lauder for example, is rolling out Osiao (pronounced…

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