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Cosmetics packaging

First issue of Make Up Technology of CEC Editor, article by Elena Colangelo marketing manager at MC&Co.

Is it possible today to create high-performing packaging while offering eco-sustainable solutions? Our answer is Yes.

The concept of eco-sustainability for packaging manufacturers is often the main challenge of most innovation and research projects. Only in Italy, the production of empty packaging exceeded 16.7 million tons in 2019, but the most worrying data is emerged from recent research led by The Scientific Agency of the Australian Government (Csiro), according to which on 51 samples of ocean floor’s sections, once the weight of water is excluded, each gram of sediment contains on average 1.26 microplastic fragments. Stopping the amount of plastic that is flowing into waterways and oceans around the world has become a huge international challenge.

The use of biodegradable materials as plastic substitutes seems the most acclaimed solution. However, it often represents the right answer only from an environmental sustainability point of view, ignoring the founding pillars of social sustainability which in the last years has been gaining more and more value. In fact, to produce from organic sources, it is necessary cultivation lands that are generally destined to food markets, stealing precious space from a sector of vital importance.

Therefore, the most ethically correct (and globally more sustainable) solution is the way of plastic recycling. Based on this scheme, MC&Co has chosen to start an investment plan for the revamping of production machines by converting them into multi-layer technology. These new production plants allow us to meet sustainability requirements in the HDPE domain by creating a pack consisting of 3 overlapping plastic layers where the inner and outer surfaces are made of very thin virgin plastic, while the thicker layer they enclose is the recycled material.

Based on the final uses of the pack, the percentage of recycled material can range from 50 up to 75%. We believe that multi-layer production offers the possibility of creating an environmentally friendly product, while preserving the aesthetic and functional characteristics required by the cosmetic industry market to achieve a high-performance final product.

In addition to this proposal, MC&Co also offers the option of manufacturing products with post-consumer recycled plastic polymers (R-PET): a further sustainable solution that gives a second (or even third) life to plastic so as to feed the virtuous cycle in the world of packaging.

From a purely technological point of view, MC&Co started a plan to improve the level of education and attention required to our staff for the correct use and recover the raw materials and the production wastes. These waste materials are turned into specific artifacts or correctly reinserted into an external recovery process.

However, it is essential not to forget the impulse of global economic development generated from plastic invention; let’s think about the last year and the importance of having a hand sanitizer in your pocket that, for its characteristics, finds a plastic container as an ideal solution.

Conclusion

Plastics will probably still play a strategic role in the future,it will be our task to manage them with greater awareness and responsibility starting from the right approach the waste management.

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

1000

HDPE

28/410

82x71

220

750

HDPE

28/410

82x71

155

500

HDPE

28/410

82x71

110

300

HDPE

28/410

82x71

65

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

75

PETG

24/410

46

95

53

100

PETG

24/410

46

120

53

150

PETG

24/410

46

112

53

150

HDPE

24/410

46

112

53

200

PETG

24/410

46

144

53

200

HDPE

24/410

46

144

53

250

PETG

24/410

46

166

53

250

HDPE

24/410

46

166

53

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

75

PETG

24/410

36

95

100

PETG

24/410

36

120

150

PETG

24/410

36

181

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

100

HDPE

24/410

43

85

-

200

HDPE

24/410

51

120

-

200

HDPE

NO STANDARD

51

120

33

200

HDPE

NO STANDARD

51

120

33

250

HDPE

NO STANDARD

52

148

33

250

HDPE

NO STANDARD

52

148

33

300

HDPE

28/410

53

175

-

300

HDPE

NO STANDARD

53

175

33

500

HDPE

28/410

66

192

-

1000

HDPE

28/410

85

229

-

CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

300

HDPE

NO STANDARD

95

43

17

1000

HDPE

NO STANDARD

101

129

20

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

100

PETG

24/410

44

84

100

HDPE

24/410

44

84

120

HDPE

24/410

44

103

150

PETG

24/410

44

117

150

HDPE

24/410

44

117

200

PETG

24/410

44

154

200

HDPE

24/410

44

154

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

15

HDPE

NO STANDARD

41x17

64

27

30

HDPE

NO STANDARD

41x17

88

27

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

50

HDPE

24/410

38

57

-

60

PETG

24/410

33

62

-

60

PETG

M15x1,5

33

62

22

60

HDPE

24/410

38

62

-

100

PETG

24/410

33

103

-

100

PETG

M15x1,5

33

103

22

100

HDPE

24/410

33

103

-

100

HDPE

M15x1,5

33

103

22

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

250

HDPE

SNAP-ON

71x35

156

300

HDPE

SNAP-ON

71x35

171

100

PP

NO STANDARD

91

23

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

15

HDPE

NO STANDARD

40x18

56

25

30

HDPE

NO STANDARD

40x18

87

25

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

30

HDPE

NO STANDARD

66x20

61

25

50

HDPE

NO STANDARD

66x20

84

25

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

150

PETG

24/410

45

140

300

PETG

24/410

55

187

300

PETG

28/400

55

187

300

PETG

28/400

55

187

1000

HDPE

28/400

94

250

CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

200

PP

NO STANDARD

55

40

17

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

100

HDPE

24/410

41

91

150

HDPE

24/410

43

123

200

HDPE

24/410

44

149

250

HDPE

24/410

48

163

500

HDPE

24/410

61

197

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

C (mm)

80

PETG

FEA 20

41

70

53

120

PETG

FEA 20

41

96

53

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

60

PET

24/410

35

84

100

PET

24/410

42

95

150

PET

24/410

47

109

200

PET

24/410

51

123

250

PETG

24/415

56

132

250

PETG

24/410

56

132

500

PETG

24/415

72

159

500

PETG

24/410

72

159

500

PETG

24/410

72

159

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CAPACITÀ (ml)

MATERIALE

COLLO

A (mm)

B (mm)

200

HDPE

24/410

45x45

117

250

HDPE

24/410

45x45

150

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