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Recyclable cosmetic packaging

Borealis, Beiersdorf, Clariant and Siegwerk are jointly developing recyclable packaging for cosmetic products that will be made of 100 percent recyclate.


The companies, which have joined forces in the cross-industry cooperation "Design4Circularity," say they want to create a new industrial standard for recyclable packaging. To this end, the life cycle of packaging is taken into account at every stage of development. As an innovation developed with this in mind, the participants are now presenting a colorless polyolefin bottle that is said to consist of 100 percent recycled household waste and is wrapped in a printed, decolorizable shrink sleeve around the entire body of the bottle. All materials are reportedly fully recyclable and can be recovered and reused to make new bottles. Borealis would supply the material for the bottles, which would be recovered based on Borcycle technology and used with Clariant's recyclable additive solutions to create a PCR material that is said to be suitable for the production of personal care packaging. Initial sorting trials in existing recycling facilities have been successful and achieved high recovery rates, he said. Packaging expert Stefan Rüster (Beiersdorf) is convinced that the packaging solution from Design4Circularity points the way forward for future cosmetics applications. Through the cooperation of all partners involved, he says, it was possible to combine the high design requirements of a cosmetics packaging with full circularity.



  • (21.6.2022)
  • Image: © Clariant

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