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PCR Eco-friendly beauty packaging

Mar 25, 2022 Shero Classroom
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How to live eco-friendly?

When it comes to the beauty industry, packaging plays an important role not only to identify the brands but also catch the customers' eyes. But have you ever thought about the beauty products you're using may have already contributed damages to our mother earth?

Most of the cosmetic packaging on the market are non-recyclable, non-degradable, and non-decomposable. We need to know that these kinds of packaging might take decades to break into landfills or even stay forever. They pollute the land, the sea, or even the air. And not only us, human beings, but all the livings should undertake the consequence. How to save us from this mire? Changing the way we make, things we use, and our lifestyle!

Recently, as we are more and more aware of environmental issues, cosmetics brands have been devoting themselves to finding eco-friendly packaging to save the carbon footprint. Among all eco-friendly packaging, PCR plastic packaging must be the most well-known and most used in the industry.

What is PCR?

PCR, Post-consumer packaging refers to the incorporation of materials that consumers have already used and discarded for recycling.

Plastic, as one of the most used materials in cosmetics packaging, has created uncountable problems for our environment. According to the survey, at least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. Since plastic can’t be decomposed, reuse or reform might be the only way out to solve the plastic pollution problem. According to the research, the worldwide post-consumer plastics market is anticipated to grow from 14.2 billion dollars to 18.8 billion dollars from 2020 to 2025.

Different PCR plastic types

Among 7 types of plastics, there are 3 types of plastic commonly seen to be made into PCR material: rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate), rPP (Recycled Polypropylene Plastic), and rABS (Recycled Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene).

Is PCR plastic recyclable?

Yes, PCR plastic is recyclable, even they have already been recycled once. Just like the virgin ones, please place them into the proper recycle bin.

The appearance of PRC plastic verse virgin plastic

PCR plastic isn’t as clear as the virgin one. It is because we can’t promise all the recycled plastics are transparent. They might be yellow, blue, grey, green, or any other colors you can see on the market. Therefore, the color of the plastic goes more turbid as the component rate of the PCR material goes higher.

The benefits of PCR plastic

1. Reduce carbon footprint
Compared to virgin plastic, PCR plastic production creates less emission than virgin plastic.
2. All the same benefits of normal plastic
Though PCR plastics are a tad more fragile than virgin ones, they can function as normal ones. For example, greater water and weather resistance, rib-resistance, etc.
3. Environmental sustainability
Regarding the environmental issue, less waste makes our planet greener.
4. Consumers’ preference
Nowadays, we are taught to be conscious about the sustainable issue, more and more consumers are willing to buy eco-friendly products.

Isn’t PCR plastic an excellent solution for devoting to protecting our planet and satisfying the customers at the same time? Contact us!