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Packaging for cosmetic products without microplastic pollution


Water-based products can now be packaged with Sulapac barrier, a new bio-based material capable of biodegrading without leaving permanent microplastics in the environment.

The barrier is no longer an obstacle

The beauty and care products sector accounts for more than $500 billion per year, with an expected annual growth of 4.75%. This explains the enthusiasm of some forerunners who are eagerly looking for more environmentally friendly packaging solutions. Although water-based emulsions account for about 90% of the cosmetics market, there was no alternative packaging for these products that would be able to biodegrade without leaving permanent microplastics in the environment.

Sulapac has thus invented a new material to meet this need (patent in progress): Sulapac barrier is environmentally friendly and compliant with industry standards, with tests that have, according to the company, yielded "fantastic results."

"I am delighted that we have managed to create a barrier that is both environmentally friendly and suitable for water-based products! Its development and in-depth testing took longer than expected, but we are now in a position to formalize the news. We are pleased to offer a truly revolutionary product to our customers with industry leaders as our partner of choice for Quadpack cosmetics,"said Dr. Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder of Sulapac.

A full range

Sulapac also announces the launch of a new flexible material designed for thin-walled pots with excellent shock resistance. Its carbon footprint is small thanks to its eco-friendly design with environmentally friendly components and the cost-effectiveness of its high-capacity production method. With Sulapac Barrier, the company's trusted partners offer a range of pots of different sizes for oleic-based and water-based cosmetics. They also offer a turnkey solution with support throughout the process.

"The new barrier material developed by Sulapac allows us to continue to offer innovations that are environmentally friendly and in line with, and even beyond, market requirements. Whether it's new content or state-of-the-art technical solutions, Quadpack is pleased to offer all beauty brands an ever-evolving range of products, which are made of Sulapac material," explainsPierre-Antoine Henry, Category Manager at Quadpack, Sulapac's cosmetics partner.

According to the company, Sulapac has ensured that the transition from conventional plastics to this new material is as easy as possible. The material of this turnkey solution can be produced on a large scale with existing plastics machines. It also has a natural look and a touch that sets it apart from the competition. "Sulapac is beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly, like nature,"says the company.

Currently, industrial composting is the ideal way to recycle a product out of Sulapac material. It biodegrades without leaving permanent microplastics in the environment. Mechanical and chemical recycling is also a possible option, and Sulapac is currently developing a closed-circuit system. The Take Back Sulapac driver will be launched very soon.

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