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A brief introdution of some common cosmetic packaging materials

Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 29-08-2017      Origin:Site

We know thatit is sometimes difficult to choose between packaging materials. It’s easy to get the abbreviations and properties confused, but you still want to choose the one that’s best for your product. Here are some common cosmetic packgaging materials that used in the cosmetic industry. Let's take a look at them.

1.ABS- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Plastic- This general purpose terpolymer is flame retardant and impact resistant. ABS was first discovered during WWII and became commercially available in the 1950’s. ABS materials can be processed by standard thermoplastic processing methods.


2.Acrylic- Acrylate Polymers- Also known as polyacrylates, these plastics are known for their elasticity and impact resistance. Most acrylics fall into the PMMA category and are used as an alternative to glass.


3.Aluminum- Aluminum is the most popular metal used in cosmetic packaging. It’s durable, easy to manufacture, and has more coloring capabilities than most other materials. Additionally, aluminum is a metal that is very easy to recycle.


4.AS- Acrylonitrile Styrene Plastic- This material is tough, rigid, and transparent. AS is resistant to greases, stains, and stress cracking. AS is also easy to process. See SAN for more information.


SAN- Styrene Acrylonitrile Plastic- This material is a predecessor of ABS and is rigid and transparent. SAN’s easily printable surface makes it a go-to for cosmetic jars and airless bottles, but it’s also useful in kitchenware because of its resistance to fats and oils.

5.PE- Polyethylene Plastic- This material is best known for its moisture resistance and low cost production. PE is one of the most widely used plastics in the world and billions of pounds are produced each year.


6.PET- Polyethylene Terephthalate Plastic- Also abbreviated as PETE, this material is lightweight and flexible, making it ideal for one time usage. It’s also the most commonly recycled plastic.


7.PETG- Polyethylene Terephthalate Plastic- Just like PET and PETE, PETG is a lightweight, rigid plastic material. It serves as a great barrier for moisture and alcohol solvents. It is also fully recyclable.


8.PP- Polypropylene Plastic- PP materials are BPA-free and very versatile. PP has a very high melting point, making it safe for the microwave and dishwasher. Also, it is easy to add dye to, making it favorable to manufacturers.




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