Producing nearly 3 billion extruded plastic tubes and almost 4 billion laminate tubes in Europe alone there is a vast market for bio-solutions. In today’s “Material Monday: Series 1” Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses possible replacements for a plastic tube that has always remained very attractive to the beauty and cosmetic industries.
Vista Packaging is one of the first manufacturers to create a plastic tube replacement for cosmetics, beauty, personal care and pharmaceuticals, which are made using sugarcane.
The sugarcane derives from the agricultural industry, which produces an ethylene from the ethanol (sugarcane biofuel) in the production process. The ethylene is polymerised in the polyethylene production, which is then transformed into the final tubular packaging products by moulding the raw material.
What are the benefits of sugarcane-based plastics?
- Comes from a renewable source rather than fossil fuels
- 100% recyclable
- Very low carbon footprint
- FDA approved
- ISO certified
- Verified to be bio-based by ASTM standards
On top of the very solid aforementioned credentials, these bioplastic sugarcane tubes, can also be printed onto using modern printing technologies. These yield an ongoing list of satisfied customers and include: 8 colour offset print, 6 colour silkscreen, hot stamping (with a 0.1mm tolerance), FlexTech™ printing and gradation from 100% down to 0%. These processing opportunities offer a versatile bio-packaging substitute to commonly used synthetic-based products.
Considering the fact that sugarcane comes from a plant-based source, perhaps beauty industry, could view this as an opportunity to directly connect the story of their product with the material it is housed in. To exemplify, sugar scrubs, where sugar is the main internal ingredient, could be paired with a sugarcane bioplastic outer packaging solution. Application of this thinking could result in creation of a more wholesome products and product stories.
Lastly, it is worth noting that other industries are also noticing the benefits of using byproducts of the sugarcane manufacturing industry. If interested, please continue reading here.
If you would like to find out how the outer shell packaging could offer a more refined story, in line with your beauty product, or you would simply like to participate in our event concluding “Material Monday: Series 1”, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Above: Plain sugarcane based eco tube.
Above: Consider using eco tube for sugar based scrubs for more holistic product story.
Above: Eco Tubes can also be coloured, and in effect, they offer the same design flexibility.
Above: This holistic product story has the potential to be presented in an attention grabbing image setting.
Above: Wood based tubes are another eco alternative to oil-based plastic tubes.
Above: Photo features other product ranges where application of eco tubes is possible.