Navigating beauty trends in the digital era: How sustained e-commerce habits shape personal care choices
- The initial cost of bamboo packaging can be higher than that of traditional materials, such as plastic. This can result in an increased retail price for the end consumer, potentially limiting its market to those willing or able to pay a premium for sustainability. Although, that being said, consumers are becoming increasingly drawn towards sustainable products, so an investment in bamboo packaging could pay dividends.
Now that we’re clear on what bioplastics are let’s take a closer look at their environmental impact. Compared to traditional plastics, bioplastics produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions over the course of their lifetime. In fact, a study conducted in 2017 stated that switching to corn-based PLA from traditional plastic would cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 25%.
Packaging has come a long way over the years. Historians believe that the use of packaging most likely began when people became increasingly nomadic and, therefore, needed ways to protect goods during transport. In those days, materials such as animal skins and leaves were used.
- 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.
- The main, and perhaps the most important, impact on your brand that using sustainable packaging will have is its contribution to environmental responsibility. Traditional packaging materials, such as single-use plastics, contribute significantly to pollution and waste. By opting for packaging made from sustainable materials, brands are making an active choice to reduce their impact on the environment.
When you think of your favorite cosmetic product, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Perhaps it’s the way it's transformed your skin into a baby-soft, blemish-free zone. Or is it the pleasing fragrance that the formula has been scented with? Whatever it is you think of, chances are, your first thought isn’t the packaging.