natural cosmetics packaging solutions

Natural cosmetics packaging solutions

Natural cosmetics packaging solutions

Developing a natural or organic cosmetic formulation is not just about delivering a pure cosmetic. It is also a green statement. The packaging with which you deliver your green statement is already half of the message, so if you have a completely natural beauty product or an organic one in PVC or plastic with BPA, it comes across as a kind of contradiction or half hearted statement.

Why green packaging solutions?

  • Plastic containers may contaminate the product content via leaking substances such as the infamous BPA (bisphenol A), therefore it is important to make sure that the plastic used for natural cosmetics does not interfere with their purity causing potential long term side effects.
  • Plastic waste leaking into the environment is a major environmental issue we need to address by thinking long term solutions to remove it all together. New product development can play a major role in sawing the seeds of new creative solutions that allow a complete circle without environmental waste.

Natural cosmetics packaging solutions

  • Glass: the most noble of all and my favourite one. There is nothing like the feeling of a glass bottle in your hand, it gets recycled easily and if released into the environment it does not leak any toxins. However its down side is weight and fragility, therefore it is not a viable option for all cosmetic applications
  • Recyclable plastic: the most common at the moment in cosmetic applications. It is not from renewable sources, but at least it can be recycled if at the end of its lifecycle it ends up in the right place
  • Recycled plastic: there are some examples in the cosmetic industry. From 100% post consumer recycled plastic (PCR) to lower amounts. It is a nice concept, however the downside is its quality management and its dependence on recyclable plastic.
  • Compostable or biodegradable plastic: these fairly new plastics have not appeared in the cosmetic industry yet. The concept is very much inspired by nature as in the right conditions the material can break down with no toxic residue.

If you are thinking of developing your won beauty brand it would be good to hear what natural cosmetics packaging solutions you have in mind.

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4 Responses to Natural cosmetics packaging solutions

  1. Melisa July 5, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    Thanks for your article it was exactly what i needed to hear! What do you think would be the most environmentally lid? I definately feel glass is the best option as it can be recyled infinate times and protects the product. But you cant get glass lids. X

    • Barbara Olioso September 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      HI Melisa thank you for your comment and sorry for my late reply. I love glass too, a nice old classic. Depending on the consistency of the product you may wish to consider a glass pipette or a pump made from recyclable materials. There are also caps and lids that are made of plastic with wood on the outside, they look natural but is not completely natural… It is always good to request the packaging specifications so that you can check all the materials used and decide from there

  2. Peter September 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m the owner of a small cosmetic brand in Denmark, and I’d like to know if you know of any companies that produce compostable/bio plastic containers by now? We produce organic products, but would like to go even further to leave no waste when the product has been used.
    I’ve been searching but can’t seem to find any located in Europe.

    • Barbara Olioso September 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi Peter, thank you for your comment and sorry for my late reply. I m always on the watch out for green materials and I have not seen compostable plastic for cosmetic applications yet. Being compostable it would probably react with the content and would not be suitable for cosmetics. Personally I like glass despite the high energy input…

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