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P&G offers coupon booklet that saves money and environment

BY Melissa Valliant

CINCINNATI On Aug. 29, 55 million homes nationwide will receive newspapers that contain savings on a substantial amount of environmentally friendly products, giving consumers the opportunity to spare their cash while sparing the planet.

Procter & Gamble is introducing its September 2010 brandSAVER coupon booklet, which contains $117 in savings on an array of P&G products, including many P&G Future Friendly products that help the environment by saving water, saving energy and reducing waste.

“We are excited about the brandSAVER because, in addition to great money savings, consumers who use the Future Friendly coupons can feel good knowing they’re making small but important environmental savings in their homes,” said Maurice Coffey, marketing director of P&G Future Friendly. “Equally important is the opportunity for us to share educational tips that families can use to live more sustainably.”

Most of the coupons don’t expire until Sept. 30, and brandSAVER coupons also contain simple and effective conservation ideas that correspond with the products. For example, it includes:

  • Cascade Complete ActionPacs — The booklet encourages consumers to use and skip the prewash in order to help save an estimated average of 2,600 gallons of water per year;
  • Pampers Cruisers — The booklet states that if every Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers buyer switched to DryMax, approximately 20 million lbs. of trash could be saved;
  • Charmin MegaRoll — The booklet adds that Charmin only works with forestry companies that plant or ensure regrowth of more trees than are used from their forests; and
  • Bounty Huge Roll — The booklet notes that Bounty has reduced its energy use by more than 15% in its plants in the past three years.

To learn more about Future Friendly, visit FutureFriendly.com. To obtain a list of newspapers that contain the brandSAVER booklet, go to PGeverydaysolutions.com/pgeds/brandsaver-coupons.jsp.

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Industry voices support for meth act

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WASHINGTON —The industry-supported Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act, H.R. 2923, passed muster at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce last month. The bipartisan bill now has moved before the full U.S. House of Representatives for approval.

The bill would require retailers to self-certify with the Drug Enforcement Administration that they comply with current safeguards. These safeguards prevent single customers from purchasing suspiciously large quantities of certain products, require distributors of these products to sell only to retailers who are registered with the DEA and establish civil fines for those who fail to comply with the regulations.

“Our membership has long supported both local and national efforts to combat methamphetamine abuse and production,” Steve Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, wrote in a July 28 letter to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. “In fact, even before the introduction of state and federal legislation, the majority of the chain pharmacies took voluntary, proactive steps to reduce the theft and illegitimate use of products containing pseudoephedrine…. Moreover, our members have worked closely with DEA and state and local law enforcement officials since 1995 to stem the tide of methamphetamine production in communities across the United States.”

In addition to NACDS, the bill also is supported by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

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What’s Hot: Garnier enters no-frizz biz

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PARIS —Many women go to great lengths to have frizz-free hair, and some even will spend hundreds of dollars for professional salon treatments. Now they can get sleek locks at home for a fraction of the price with the new Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector.

This new two-step kit promises to smooth, de-frizz and de-bulk hair for up to seven shampoos. First, apply the Smooth-It serum to clean, damp hair, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Then apply the Heat-Activated Perfect-It cream and blow-dry or flat-iron as usual. The results are expected to last for up to seven shampoos as hair gradually returns to its pretreatment state.

The nonpermanent styling aid works best on medium to thick hair and is safe for color-treated hair. The kit hit retail shelves in July and has a suggested retail price of $11.99.

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