Plant-Based Packaging

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October 30, 2012 by Cassy

In a recent article by Mintel, an effort to produce both traditional biodegradable plant-based plastics (like PLA) and plant-based conventional plastics (such as PET and PE) has been growing rapidly.  In addition to the potential cost benefits, the raw material resources such as wood, corn, and sugarcane used in these plant-based plastics are sustainable and the processing benefits can result in lower energy consumption and fewer CO2 emissions.

The use of plant-based plastics in beauty and personal care is on the rise, with brands like P&G, L’Oreal and Shiseido choosing to go down this route (yay).  P&G’s Pantene is producing the bio-HDPE shampoo and conditioner bottle.  Color cosmetics are also very popular for the PLA launches, such as Cargo Plantlove eco-friendly range in the UK that used the material to package lip gloss and lip gloss tubes, eye liner and bronzer compacts.

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