Posted on 2 Comments

Why Choose Eco Friendly Cosmetic Packaging?

eco friendly cosmetic packaging

Sustainability is a pretty big deal right now. Google searches hit peak popularity in February 2020, and with global warming an ever-increasing threat, it’s never been more important to consider the environmental impact of our day-to-day choices. That’s why more and more beauty brands are opting for eco friendly cosmetic packaging to store, sell and supply their products.

But it’s not just important for the environment. As consumers, influencers and make-up gurus become more eco-aware, eco friendly cosmetic packaging is increasingly becoming a selling point.

What eco friendly packaging choices are available for beauty brands?

Well, it depends on your product, but there are loads of options to choose from. At Ampulla, we’re always looking to expand our range to offer you the best eco friendly packaging at affordable prices. We’ve listed some of our bestselling choices below.

Post Consumer Recycled Bottles

PCR bottles give you all the benefits of plastic – they’re shatterproof, lightweight and durable – but with an eco-friendly twist. As the name suggests, these bottles are made of plastic that have been recycled – so making use of these strong, versatile bottles can significantly reduce your use of virgin plastics.

The lightweight nature of these bottles also lowers your carbon footprint when you’re dispatching your goods. Deliver more orders over fewer journeys – and save money on your P&P, too!

We offer a chemical-resistant HDPE option (in 30ml – 1 litre capacities) or a clear PET option, so you can pick the bottle that’s best for your needs.

Glass Cosmetic Jars

For classic eco friendly cosmetic packaging, glass is second to none. Made from abundant natural raw materials such as sand, it doesn’t use up precious natural resources. It’s also already widely recycled, and because glass waste melts at a lower temperature than raw materials, recycling glass can also help save energy.

But it’s not just an eco-friendly choice. Glass offers a premium look for your cosmetics and makeup, so it’s a great way to draw your customers to your products. It’s also nonreactive with many substances, so it’s ideal for preserving your goods.

At Ampulla, you can buy glass cosmetic packaging in a variety of colours and sizes. Take a look at our range below.

Shop Glass Cosmetic Packaging​

60ml amber glass cosmetic jar - eco friendly cosmetic packaging 50ml clear glass cosmetic bottle 500ml Le Parfait Jar
60ml Amber Glass Jar 50ml Clear Glass Spray Bottle 30ml Glass Jar & Frosted Lid

Aluminium Jars

Aluminium is one of the most sustainable recyclable materials available. In fact, almost three quarters of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today. Because of this, it’s a great option for cosmetic brands looking to build their eco credentials.

The shiny silver jar body is fab for luxury cosmetics, and it’s easy to personalise by adding a label to the side of the jar. The opaque nature of aluminium also prevents reaction of your product with light or other external factors.

Our aluminium jars come with matching lined lids for maximum product protection. They’re available in sizes up to 150ml!

Shop Glass Cosmetic Packaging​

200ml aluminium spray bottle - eco friendly cosmetic packaging 75ml aluminium cosmetic jar 300ml Aluminium Bottle
200ml Aluminium Spray Bottle 75ml Aluminium Jar 300ml Aluminium Bottle

As sustainability and climate change come increasingly into focus, eco friendly cosmetic packaging is going to be vital so beauty brands can meet consumers’ needs. For more eco friendly cosmetic bottles and jars, shop the range at Ampulla.

Posted on

How To Brew Your Own Cider

Glass beer bottles

Over in the USA, apple cider is a soft drink that is essentially just concentrated apple juice. But we all know that traditional British cider is where it’s at… Here in the UK, apple cider is fermented, which makes it alcoholic and it is revered as being a quintessential taste of summer, a staple of the West Country and is available in a massive array of fruity regional flavours. So how can you brew your own cider at home? We’ve found an easy to follow recipe from Countryfile that can help you learn the basics.

What home brewing equipment will you need? 

You’ll need: a juicer, straining bag, 5 gallon bucket open top bucket, 2 gallon bucket (you will need to drill 30 holes into the bottom), hydrometer, funnel, demijohns, measuring jug and cider bottles.

We’ve got a fantastic 30L Plastic Fermentation Bucket that would be great for making cider with, as it has a handy measurement guide printed on the side. We also have a wide range of glass beer and cider bottles with crown caps that are perfect for filling with your finished beverage.

What ingredients will you need?

Ingredients: 8kg apples, 5g champagne yeast, Campden tablets and sugar (only needed if you want to make sparkling cider). This quantity of ingredients will make 5 gallons (approximately 22 litres) of cider.

How To Brew Your Own Cider

Step 1: Pick Your Apples

If you’ve got an apple tree in your garden then great, but if not, supermarket apples are just as good. The type of apple you pick will determine the taste of your cider, so choose wisely. Bramley apples will produce a sharp, tangy cider, whilst Gala apples will create a sweeter flavour. You could even use both tangy and sweet apples together to make the perfect brew!

Step 2: Clean Your Home Brewing Equipment

Fermenting cider is a scientific process and it’s important to make sure that the equipment you’re using is free of any dirt or germs that might interfere with the process. Make sure that you soak all of your equipment in hot water for a couple of hours before use and add 4 Campden tablets per gallon of water used to sterilise them.

Step 3: Juice The Apples

Now that everything is clean and ready to go, you can extract the juice from your apples. Set up your juicer so that it dispenses the juice into your straining bag, which should be placed in your smaller straining bucket (with the 30 tiny holes drilled into the bottom). The straining bucket needs to above your larger fermenting bucket, which is where your perfectly filtered juice will end up. The straining bag and stating bucket will filter out all the tiny bits of pulp and skin that gets through the juicer’s filters, leaving you with a crystal clear apple juice. Measure the gravity of your pure apple juice using your hydrometer and record the measurement (you’ll need it later). Check out this handy guide to using a hydrometer, if you haven’t used one before.

Step 4: Add Yeast

Take a 1 pint measuring jug, fill to the top with some of your apple juice and then add 5g of champagne yeast. Leave for half an hour then stir thoroughly to disperse the yeast throughout the mixture. Divide your yeast mixture between your demijohns, then fill them to the top with the rest of your apple juice.

Step 5: Leave It To Ferment

Place your sealed demijohns in a warm place (between 15°C and 20°C) and leave them for 3-4 weeks until you have a clear cider.

Step 6: Measure The Alcohol Content

Use your hydrometer to measure the gravity of your cider. You need your cider to have a reading of 1 or less. If the reading is higher than 1, then leave the mix to ferment for a bit longer. Once you have your final measurement, then you can work out your cider’s alcohol content percentage using an ABV chart. You are aiming for an ABV of 4-5%.

Step 7: Dispense Into Bottle & Add Fizz (Optional)

You can now dispense your cider into your cider bottles. If you want a fizzy cider, then you need to add half a teaspoon of white sugar to each bottle before pouring in your cider. If you then leave your bottles for a few more weeks, your cider will be fizzy!

Step 8: Kick Back & Enjoy!

Cider is best served chilled and enjoyed on a sunny, warm(ish) British summer’s day. If you start making your home brew cider now, then you can have it ready for this summer!

Like our guide on how to brew your own cider? Then we think that you’d also like our guide on how to sterilise glass bottles properly!

Posted on

Reductions On Selected Items In Our Christmas Sale

christmas sale header

Over the festive period, we thought we’d give our customers an early Christmas present, so we’re reducing prices on selected items in our Christmas Sale! Make sure to keep checking back to our sale category, as we’ll be adding new deals until the end of the month. This is your opportunity to stock up on the packaging items that you will need in the New Year (but at bargain prices) and be safe in the knowledge that it’s one less thing for you to worry about in 2019.

Our selected items that have been reduced include amber-tinted medicine bottles, hexagonal jam jars and plastic food pots. Take a look at some of our great deals below, or go straight to the Christmas Sale page to browse through all of our deals!

Glass

Our glass packaging gives your products an air of luxury and quality that plastic often struggles to convey. It’s heavier, makes a nice sound when you ‘ting’ it, as well as being fully recyclable! Our glass bottles come in a variety of attractive colours, including amber, red, green, blue and clear, and in a huge variety of sizes. We’ve got medicine bottles, jam jars and aromatherapy bottles, amongst other customer favourites.

glass products packaging sale

All prices shown above are the prices for 1 unit of the selected product. We offer further discounts on the price per unit when you buy in larger quantities.

Plastic

Plastic is the more cost-effective option for business packaging and here at Ampulla, we do stock a number of recyclable plastic items, made from PET and HDPE. We’ve got food, pots, cosmetic bottles and more in our Christmas sale!

plastic products packaging sale

Make sure to order your lids and caps if you need them! We do also sell each item without closures if you don’t need them.

New deals are being added to our Christmas sale all month, so make sure to keep checking back! While you’re here, why not take a look at our brand new disposable food packaging?