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Sustainable Packaging in the Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry

The cosmetic and personal care industry are embracing and contributing to the innovations that are coming from the sustainable packaging culture. The push for packaging that limits the environmental impact through the use of reuse/recycling/reduction of natural materials. Pangea Organics has been developing innovative packaging that combines creative designs, while minimizing their environmental footprint. The Pangea Organics origami fold box made from WindPower 80 has a goal of zero waste by utilizing Aaron Mickelson’s disappearing package. This package is made with PVOH plastic film that dissolves in water. This is just one of the intriguing packaging designs that highlights the boundless potential of sustainable packaging. The range of materials that can be used to create packaging appears endless. Leslie Sherr, co-author of Material ConnXion, discusses the amount of renewal resources that can be used to create packaging. Sherr highlights the potential for material created using mushrooms. Ecovative, a company that specializes in bioplastics using mycelium offers an alternative to synthetic polymers.

 

There is no shortage of sustainable packaging material; the place to be looking for innovative sustainable packaging is the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Sherr explains they have an extensive list of members, some of the world’s leading consumer brands. The coalition also offers curriculum services that provide the fundamentals of a system drive approach to packaging and design innovation. The contemporary beauty packaging is setting the standard to sustainable packaging and making good use of renewable resource packaging.

 

To read the full interview, please visit:

http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Packaging-Design/Cosmetics-and-Personal-Care-Packaging-sustainable-materials

 

Source: Cosmeticsdesign.com

 

Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

To read the entire article please visit:

http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package

Environmental Concern Empowers the People

Environmental awareness is now mainstream. It is no longer limited to a small niche of people but rather consumers across the board. A concern for the environment is changing consumer’s purchasing behaviors. More and more, people are looking for signifiers that companies are a part of the rainforest initiative or packaged using post-consumer recycled products. Also, this translates into consumers consciously choosing to avoid brands where there is no message of environmental sustainability. Consumer commitment to the environment has moved from concern to action, creating positive change in the industry.

The evolution of environmentally conscious consumers has created a demand for manufacturers to incorporate sustainable practices into their business strategies. Food manufacturers and retail operations have adopted environmental initiatives; this incorporates the recyclability of a product, analyzing manufacturing equipment to ensure the operation uses minimal energy and creates less waste, lastly, using responsibly sourced materials.

Concerns for the environmental are not slowing down; they will continue to influence buyer behavior and increase the drive within corporate America – consumer awareness and purchasing power will continue to drive corporations to adopt sustainability into their business strategies.

To read the full article, please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-kennell/environmental-concern-emp_b_8105580.html

Source: Huffington Post

EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing System

The EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing System is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative packaging/dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.