Can cosmetic packaging be ecological?
Cosmetics packaging is, unfortunately, something that cannot be avoided at the moment. Their task is to store the product in a hygienic way, facilitate transport and, often, a nice appearance of the packaging. Unfortunately, as much as 70% of waste is disposable plastic that lands in seas and oceans, so we are happy to see that more and more companies are starting to produce biodegradable packaging.
Zero waste producers are eager to create environmentally friendly packaging. At the same time, they are just as durable, aesthetic and functional. In addition, ecological things are becoming more and more fashionable, so in order to have more and more customers, you should adapt to the prevailing trends, which we think are great.
Ecological packaging, i.e. what?
For years, manufacturers have been looking for opportunities to produce packaging that is better and better for the environment. For obvious reasons, some products cannot exist without packaging, so it is good that they are made of the best raw material. Unfortunately, each package has an impact on the environment, but many of them minimize the negative effects on our planet.
Ecological packaging is often made of bioplastic and we divide it according to biodegradability and origin. Such bioplastics can be made from renewable raw materials such as wood, oil, sugarcane. In this case, they will be biodegradable plastics with such markings as: PVOH, PBS. The next group are plastics that are obtained from biopolymers and natural materials. These materials can degrade more quickly or be completely resistant to decomposition, such as PET or polypropylene. Plastics are labeled bio-PET and bio-PP. Importantly, the first raw material mentioned can and even should be segregated like other plastics, so that it will be traditionally recycled with other plastics. Many packaging manufacturers create them from products with the following markings: PS, PP, SAN, PETG, ABS, PVC, HDPE, LDPE, PE.
Which packaging is the best from the point of view of an informed consumer? When buying cosmetics and other products, it is worth paying attention to their packaging and choosing those that can be recycled or are biodegradable.
- Glass packaging: an ideal material that can be recycled – mainly because it can be recycled many times. Glass products are homogeneous and can be reused;
- Recyclable plastic: eg RPET is 100% recycled, sugarcane based and recyclable;Papier i tektura: papier jest zasobem odnawialnym, więc jak najbardziej jest eko, dodatkowo nie wymaga użycia paliwa, jest lżejszy niż szkło, recyklingowany, można przetworzyć w 100%, łatwo się rozkłada (samoistnie, nawet w czasie 1 miesiąca);
- Aluminum: it is produced from natural bauxite ores. Most of the current aluminum resources are recycled. Aluminum is light and resistant to damage, it allows you to create packages of various sizes. Aluminum products can be recycled endlessly.
As you can see, there are many options for eco-friendly packaging. Thanks to them, we can prevent littering the environment and help our planet at least a little.