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What packaging is best for your product? Let our materials guide help you find an answer:


  • greatest flexibility regarding shapes, colour and finishings, from pharma to luxury cosmetics
  • compatible with most cosmetics except for certain oils, esters, acids etc.
  • lightweight, shatterproof, hygienic, optimally protecting products from environmental influences
  • conventional polymers are based on fossil raw materials, but have a good recycling rate within Europe and require relatively little energy for production and recycling
  • bio-based PE made e.g. from sugarcane is carbon-neutral and recyclable via standard recycling systems
  • PCR (Post Consumer Resin) PE and PP is of high quality and readily available in Europe

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GLASS (clear, brown-, opal- and ground glass)

  • glass jars and bottles have a sustainable and high-quality image
  • glass doesn’t react with ingredients and can protect your product ideally (brown and opal glass)
  • produced from “clean” raw materials, but requiring a lot of energy; ground glass is unsustainable
  • expensive transport due to its weight; breaks easily if not protected with plenty of packaging
  • recycling rate is good, but prone to consumer error and only efficient with refillable glas
  • true, local refilling systems are unrealistic with cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, but these products do tend to have a longer life cycle with consumers

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Paper and Cardboard

  • on trend due to their sustainable and nostalgic image
  • lightweight, excellent recycling rate, good carbon footprint if responsibly sourced
  • complex and ecologically problematic production; recovered paper often contaminated by printing ink
  • for cosmetics and pharma, so far only suitable as bags for powders and concentrates, boxes for soaps, and tubes for solid deodorant, lipsticks etc.
  • paper composites may protect from environmental influences, but hinder the recycling process

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ALuminium and Tinplate

  • appears to be sustainable, as well as modern, rustic or masculine
  • lightweight, good product protection
  • for tubes, jars, lids, bottles - but rarely as a mono-material, requiring plastic for spray heads, inlays etc.
  • mining and processing of bauxit/iron ore is invasive, relatively expensive, environmentally harmful and emission-intensive
  • best recycling rate; very energy-efficient, 100% reusable without quality loss

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Wood and Bamboo

  • obviously have a sustainable and premium image in the eco- and luxury cosmetics sektor
  • limited usage, for lids and casings,in combination with plastics and glass
  • CO2-neutral when harvested from FSC-certified cultivation
  • don’t confuse with bio-plastics made from wood fibre, which have entirely different technical qualities
  • small wood items like cosmetics packaging are rarely recycled correctly and usually disposed off via household waste
  • seem sustainable, however consumer habits so far negate most of the eco-friendly properties

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