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Designing sustainable cosmetic packaging

Designing sustainable cosmetic packaging


PS Partnerships very own Paul Shipton and Suzanne Johnston will be presenting at the Society of Cosmetic Scientists ‘Naturals in Cosmetics Science‘ Conference on Wednesday 7th July 2021.

There’s more to integrating sustainability into cosmetic products than simply replacing currently used plastic materials with often less effective non-plastic alternative materials.

The reliance on plastics for packaging face creams, cosmetics, and other personal care products is well known. This material is light, flexible, sturdy and can be used to manufacture innovative packaging systems at a low cost.  Products packaged in plastic can be more cost-effective as well as transported further and more easily than those packaged in heavy, delicate glass.

Changing consumer attitudes and greater environmental awareness, particularly of plastic waste is driving the sustainability agenda.  Businesses have a choice: change now or follow later.

Our presentation ‘Reducing the environmental impact of plastics used in cosmetic packaging through sourcing and design’ will review the status of plastics in the cosmetics industry, explaining how legislation is incentivising recycling but not biodegradability and highlight approaches for cosmetic companies to develop more sustainable plastic packaging identifying potential pitfalls and opportunities.

Join the conference and find out why cosmetic companies need to consider the design, manufacture, choice of material, end of life and life-cycle assessment of their products and processes to decide what is best for their product. Often, well designed and sourced plastic packaging provides the most sustainable approach.

The SCS Annual conference has a comprehensive three day online programme featuring key experts on sustainable sourcing of feedstock plus certification bodies and standards that consider different aspects of naturalness and environmental impact.  To register visit …

If you want to know more about making your cosmetic packaging more sustainable … get in touch at to see how we can support you.