Like the rest of the world, it is time for cosmetic companies to make the move to go green. There is a lot of pressure for this industry to catch up in terms of ditching plastics in return for a more ecological future. Sustainable packaging can be made with all types of materials to help reduce the environmental impact of product waste. Depending on what you need to store your packaging safely, some materials can be more beneficial than others.
Also known as Post-consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging, this method uses recycled items such as cardboard boxes, folding cartons, plastic bottles, paper, aluminium, and other daily materials. Once enough elements are collected, they are taken to a recycling facility where they are sorted and made into bale. The bale is then used to mould new items into the desired shape and sizes.
Bamboo wood is often used to make cosmetic jars where it is then lined with acrylic or glass coating that is placed inside. Different types of bamboo are usually cultivated in order to provide products with more durability and variety. Bamboo also provides the possibility of branding through various printing methods such as hot stamping, laser engraving and carving among others.
Paper packaging is one of the most common alternatives for plastic packaging as they are both biodegradable and renewable materials. They can be made to canter any custom packaging design that can help protect your products throughout their shelf life.
Using refillable packaging and containers is another great way to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced. These materials are often made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) which gives out a tough yet flexible hold on the products you place inside. Once you have finished, you can then recycle the packaging so it can be remade into other items.
Suitable materials often include organic substances that are biodegradable and easy to recycle. Cornstarch packaging is made polylactic acid (PLA) and fermenting the plant sugar and starch. It is also one of the cheapest materials you can use to package your health and beauty products since supplies are abundant and readily available.
Glass packaging is often considered a better a better alternative to plastic materials because there are no chemical interactions between the product and the container. Recycled glass also uses less manufacturing energy to help you save on production costs. This makes it the more favourable choice for cosmetics packaging like creams, pastes, gels and liquids.
Aluminium packaging provides businesses products with more protection against light, scents and moisture since the containers can be air-tight and resist major temperature changes. This can help extend the products shelf life until it is ready to be used and is a great way to store your product. It is flexible enough to be able to mould into any shape or form making it compatible with most cosmetic and beauty products.
Beeswax packaging uses a mixture of jojoba, beeswax, and select oils fused with fabrics like cotton to create a light coating. These materials are typically used as a protective layer for your products and act as an alternative to plastic packaging. Other benefits include wide customisation with the packaging as well as having antibacterial benefits.