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What We Should Do in This Cosmetic Packaging Revolution

Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 12-02-2020      Origin:Site

Demand for cosmetics is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Cosmetics are part of a multi-billion dollar global industry that is expected to reach $675 billion by 2020. As with most industries today, one of the biggest influences on consumer buying behavior is sustainability. Using eco cosmetic packaging is the common pursuit of the consumer.

A school on Australia's gold coast has helped build the country's first playground using recyclable cosmetic packaging after winning a competition run by major beauty brand Garnier and global recycling company TerraCycle.

using recyclable cosmetic packaging

At the end of 2017, the Garnier recycling playground competition, co-hosted by Garnier and global recycling pioneer TerraCycle, encouraged kindergartens and primary schools across the country to collect and recycle empty cosmetic packaging from all brands to raise awareness of waste and recycling.

Working with five local recycling companies to ensure that the collection of empty cosmetic packaging collected by participating schools is cleaned, shredded, and melted into hard plastic, before being remolded to build the new playground. This inline with TerraCycle's goals to create recycled materials that can be used as alternatives to plastic.

Park Lake State School, which recycled 14,700 of 145,000 empty cosmetic packagings destined for landfills, became the biggest recycler after two months of garbage collection and won the Garnier recycling playground competition. “The students at Park Lake are very passionate about sustainability and caring for the environment. By recycling empty cosmetic packagings, we are reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill and enabling new materials to be made. This is a win for the environment and for our future,” said Ursula Carty, the school’s principal.

The recycling program allows Australians to divert empty skincare packaging, hair care products packaging, and cosmetics packaging from landfills for free. That empty packaging includes used lipstick holders, hair gel tubes, body lotions, and lotion dispensers.

Although empty cosmetic packaging from beauty products is recyclable in Australia, many recycling and manufacturing companies have no incentive to recycle used products, such as shampoo bottles and body wash dispensers because of the high cost of recycling mixed plastic products. As a result, most beauty care packaging ends up in landfills across the country, where 40 percent of Australia's empty cosmetic packaging ends up.

What’s the Situation of Landfill Now?

From the primitive and backward natural landfill to the modern sanitary landfill, the landfill is a common method for human disposal of garbage which is simple and practical. However, the risk has been ignored for a long time due to the way of slowly exalt harmful air. Up to now, the dilemma of "garbage siege" has appeared continuously, and its harm to human health has become increasingly apparent. The reality shows that the two major problems of landfills are large areas and heavy environmental pollution.


The global garbage is growing rapidly. The Fresh Kills dump in New York has been piling up over 60 years and it nearly half the height of the statue of liberty. What’s worse, garbage has spread from land to sea. As early as 1997, it was discovered that over 900 kilometers of water stretching from California, via Hawaii, to Japan has two huge concentrations of garbage -- known as the "Pacific garbage plate". It became the world's largest garbage dump and can cover more than a third of continental Europe. Surprisingly, 80% is plastic garbage, which is estimated to be more than 100 million tons according to the U.S. Al-galita center for Marine research.

Large landfills pollute the air, water, and soil which closely related to human life. People living around landfills have a high risk of getting health problems. The incidence of the disease is generally higher in people near large landfill sites at home and abroad. A study of 8.2 million babies born near 9,565 landfill sites (within 2km) has found a significant increase in the number of babies born with birth defects and spina bifida. Of the more than 10,000 babies born with birth defects each year, 3,420 underweight or underweight babies with spina bifida are linked to landfills. Especially in these pollutants benzene polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other macromolecular toxic organic matter, can affect the presence of proteins and the growth and development. We made our earth got “cancer” so we bear the cost and importantly we have to fix it.

How We Save the Earth in Cosmetic Packaging Industry?

Leading consumer category site InStyle states that product packaging makes up almost 45% of the trash found in landfills. Protect the environment is a big topic. Today, we only concentrated on cosmetic packaging. Sustainable cosmetic packaging is increasingly popular, and many cosmetic packaging manufacturers have launched "recycle" recycling initiatives to let consumers participate in recycling packaging. The trend we're seeing is clear: recyclability and sustainability are in vogue. Sustainable cosmetic packaging is becoming a new trend.

1. PCR’s Research and Promotion

Post-consumer resin, or PCR, is the technical term for recycled plastic. PCR cosmetic packaging material presents a new opportunity for companies looking for more sustainable packaging to offer eco friendly cosmetic packaging to their customer who has environmentally conscious. 

PCR cosmetic packaging

Used plastic waste created by consumers contains PCR resins, such as unwanted electronic device casings, toys, used safety goggles, and water bottles. Before the plastic waste is turned into resins for reuse, it is gathered and sent through a proprietary recycling process by reputable PCR suppliers. The carbon emissions generated by the production process are reduced by approximately 60% so that the environmental and ecological impact is greatly reduced.

In the cosmetic packaging industry, using PCR cosmetic packaging is an extremely hot trend in Europe. PCR cosmetic packaging, PLA cosmetic packaging, Sugarcane cosmetic packaging as the new eco-friendly cosmetic packaging material are playing a great role in the packaging revolution. PCR cosmetic packaging is the most successful one. In order to catch up with the popularity, cosmetic packaging manufacturers are keeping testing to make it more stable in production. Now 100% PCR is available in making jars and bottles. Gidea is a professional PCR cosmetic packaging manufacturer and supplier in China.

2. ECOZEN Replace Acrylic

ECOZEN, conceived and developed by SK Chemicals, is an environmentally friendly product made from biological monomers. After winning top 10 new technologies in South Korea in 2010 and FDA certification in the United States in 2011, it received Cradle to Cradle certification. Because of its excellent heat, chemical resistance and transparency, it is widely used as a variety of materials for electronic products, food containers and, more recently, for automotive interior materials and high-end cosmetics packaging.


Ecozen has high transparency which is property of existing plastics, therefore applications are suitable for cosmetic packaging. Also since Ecozen has no standard color, it can be dyed into any color. It’s high chemical resistance just avoid the shortcomings of acrylic.

3. Recycling the Empty Cosmetic Packaging

TerraCycle is one of the sponsor of recycling playground competition we mentioned above. TerraCycle was founded by Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer in the fall of 2001. It is a private U.S. recycling business headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. It primarily runs a volunteer-based curbside collection program to collect non-recyclable pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, and then partners with corporate donors or municipalities to turn it into raw material to be used in new products. The company licenses its name to manufacturers of roughly 200 products made using its raw material. TerraCycle also manages Loop, a consumer products shopping service with reusable packaging.

empty eco cosmetic packaging

TerraCycle has become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world, specializing in making new products out of used products. TerraCycle recycle all kinds of personal care and beauty cosmetic packaging. They’ll turn it into a new product with a new purpose. TerraCycle had started a beauty recycling programme with L 'Oreal in Australia, where 21.1million tons of waste ends up in landfills each year. Consumers are given the ability to send discarded empty cosmetic packaging to recycling place without worrying that they have to come from a brand.

Thanks to TerraCycle, more and more consumers increased their awareness of recycling. Consumers concerned about the sustainability of their cosmetics packaging, whether it's the source of raw materials or the end result of "recycled" materials from recycling programs.

An interesting concept which is the dream of future production industry came out, "Cradle to Cradle," developed by environmental researchers Dr. Michael Braungart and William McDonough. The idea behind this is that everything must be made in a way that no longer produces waste. Young people are about to realize the idea of a world without garbage.

Gidea is a cosmetic packaging manufacturer and supplier, providing empty eco cosmetic packaging. PCR cosmetic packaging and sugarcane cosmetic packaging are the very popular sustainable cosmetic packaging. If you have any needs, please contact us


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