The eco-trend, which is spreading to various industries, is slowly gaining ground in the cosmetics industry as well. It is not only cosmetics made of natural ingredients that count, but also environmentally friendly packaging. Ecodesign is used on an increasing scale in their production. What is it and how does it help to protect the natural environment? Find the answers in the article below.
Ecodesign and environmental protection
When talking about eco-design of packaging, we primarily mean the appropriate selection of the material from which they are made. Ecodesigns assume the production of packaging, the negative impact of which on the environment will be minimal, close to zero. For the production of eco-containers for cosmetics, we use fully biodegradable raw materials (e.g. PP – polypropylene), which do not release any harmful substances into the ecosystem during the composting process. Another assumption of eco-design is to reduce the weight of bottles and jars for cosmetics. In this way, the carbon footprint associated with the transport of goods is reduced. In logistics, it is equally important to optimize the use of transport space, which is why eco-design sets new standards for the ergonomics of packaging shapes. Eco-containers for cosmetic products are designed in such a way that, placed next to each other, one on top of the other, they take up as little space as possible.
Eco-packaging can be used many times, as a result of which the production of waste is reduced. In addition, eco-design aims to standardize packaging for cosmetics in terms of the material from which they are made. This facilitates their production and eliminates the need to use non-recyclable materials. This, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Taking care of the planet is not so much a choice, but also top-down guidelines from the European Union, which Polish producers of cosmetics packaging are obliged to follow. By implementing a green policy, they are gaining a group of new clients. Eco-packaging is one of the factors influencing purchasing decisions.