- Sugarcane: One material that’s become incredibly popular in the cosmetic industry is sugarcane-based bioplastics. Unlike the fossil fuels used to make traditional plastic packaging, sugarcane is a renewable resource, which means that in using it, we are not depleting the earth’s natural resources. There are many different types of packaging that can be made from sugarcane, such as bottles and tubes.
Bamboo: One of the main reasons why bamboo is seen as a sustainable material is that it grows at an alarming rate. The Chinese Moso bamboo, for instance, can grow almost a metre in a day. This means that, unlike traditional plastic, that’s made from fossil fuels, bamboo is a renewable source. Nowadays, the applications of bamboo are plenty. In the skincare world, the material can be used for a range of packaging solutions, from jars and bottles to lipstick components, and the benefits of using this material are plenty.
To try to combat this alarming amount of plastic pollution, industries across the board are adapting their practices in order to lower the amount of waste they produce. For cosmetic, skincare, and household brands, this means making the switch to alternative packaging materials. However, what alternatives exist? In this blog post, we're going to provide an overview of some of the alternatives to traditional packaging materials
PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic: PCR plastic, which stands for post-consumer recycled, is gaining traction as a sustainable choice. It is made from recycled plastic, then turned into reprocessed into a resin which can then be used to make new packaging.
Glass over plastic: One of the most popular sustainable packaging materials is glass. A sustainable and infinitely recyclable material, glass is perfect for products like skincare and cosmetics.