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Guide To Sustainable Packaging Materials 2020

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It’s a fact: from food to face masks, pretty much all physical products need some kind of packaging. Whether it’s purely for postage purposes, or because your product needs protection, packaging is hugely important in the retail sector. Packaging is important for a whole host of reasons – from increasing awareness of your brand to product recognition to ensuring safe delivery of your goods. But as concern about climate change gains traction, so do worries about packaging – from the type of materials to the amount of packaging in circulation. But there are plenty of comparatively sustainable packaging materials out there that can improve your business’s eco-friendly credentials.

As the UK’s leading packaging supplier, we know a thing or two about sustainable packaging materials. Here’s our guide to keep you up to date with the latest trends and types of eco-friendly packaging materials you can use in your business.

Sustainable Packaging Materials – What’s Best?

Glass Packaging

Glass is typically considered the most eco friendly material out there. As well as being fully recyclable, it’s made from abundant natural materials such as sand. This means it doesn’t use up our precious natural resources in production. Consumers love glass, too, because it has a premium look and feel that’s difficult to replicate with other materials.

But while there are lots of benefits to glass, it can be less sustainable than other packaging materials when it comes to despatching and transporting your goods. Glass is typically heavier than other packaging materials, so it costs more to send. This also means you can send fewer units in one journey – and more journeys mean a higher carbon footprint.

Eco-Friendly Plastic Packaging

Plastic has a pretty bad reputation as a sustainable packaging material, but if you use the right kind of plastic, it can be a great choice for a whole host of products. Eco-friendly plastics like recycled PET or post-consumer recycled HDPE offer all the benefits of regular plastic, but are made from products that have already been used and recycled. That means we use fewer virgin plastics, which has a great environmental impact.

Both PET and HDPE plastic are strong and shatterproof, so you can transport your goods without risking breakages. PET in particular is a great alternative to glass packaging, as it’s totally transparent and has a premium finish. Both plastic types are also lightweight, so you can transport more items in a single shipment. This will help you reduce your carbon footprint. Best of all, both rPET and PCR HDPE are fully recyclable time after time!

Aluminium Packaging

Shiny aluminium offers a totally different look to both glass and plastic – and it’s a great eco-friendly packaging material. Aluminium retains its quality and integrity no matter how many times it’s been recycled. This makes it a great option for high-end products that look great in shiny aluminium jars or bottles.

Like plastic, aluminium is lighter than glass, so it offers cheaper, more eco-friendly despatch processes. However, also like plastic, the processes involved in creating aluminium from scratch can be harmful to the environment. It’s important to be mindful of where your packaging materials come from before you buy.

Which Is The Best Option For My Product Or Brand?

At Ampulla, we offer all three of these eco-friendly packaging materials in a huge range of forms so you can pick the option that works best for you. We’ve got years of experience in the packaging industry, so when it comes to choosing your perfect sustainable packaging, we’d recommend taking a few things into consideration.

First, your brand aesthetic. It’s important to ensure your packaging matches your brand look, whether that’s sleek and minimalist or bright and colourful. Our recycled PET bottles are available in a range of colours as well as classic clear, so shop our range here. For vintage or retro style brands, glass may be the best fit.

Affordability is also key. It’s not just about the price per packaging unit – you should also take despatch costs into account. Glass is heavier than aluminium and plastic, so it’s more expensive to post.

Other things to consider include ease of labelling, opacity of your bottle or jar, the type of dispenser cap you want to use and whether your product needs additional protection from light or air. No matter what you need from your sustainable packaging materials, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in our extensive eco-friendly range.

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Why Choose Eco Friendly Cosmetic Packaging?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Introducing Brand New Eco-Safe PLA Bottles, Made From 100% Plant!

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As exciting product launches go, this is one of our most intriguing, exciting and unusual ones yet. We are now stocking brand new plastic bottles made from PLA (polylactic acid) that are produced using 100% biomass material, which includes corn starch, sugar cane and other plant material! This means that these bottles are fully biodegradable and unlike other plastics, which can take thousands of years to break down into smaller molecules, PLA plastic only takes between 6-12 months to biodegrade in high temperatures! PLA plastic is the ideal packaging material for environmentally-concerned brands to use and reduce their carbon footprint, offer more choice to their consumers and do their bit for the planet.

In contrast to other types of plastic, you do not have to put these empty bottles into plastic recycling bins after use, but instead they can be composted! Once exposed to the heat that builds up in an industrial composter, these awesome bottles can naturally break down into their natural compounds, alongside food and garden waste. The delicate structure of PLA bottles means that you will need to be careful not too expose them to dramatic temperatures and environments as this can cause them to lose shape. Our particular PLA bottles should not be used in temperatures above 55˚ Celsius or lower than -40˚ Celsius, but you should also take care about leaving them in direct sunlight as this could also cause them to lose shape and certainly don’t put them in the microwave!

These bottles are the perfect packaging option for ethical drinks brands, in order to bring their eco-friendly ethos across the whole business, especially being ideal for flavoured waters, smoothies, milkshakes and more! If your product is 100% natural, then why not have a 100% natural bottle?

Our PLA bottles are currently only available in a 250ml capacity, with the option to add a 38mm tamper evident screw on lid in colours which include white, natural, black, yellow, blue and red, to name just a few. Please note that these bottles are only available in box quantities and are non-returnable. So what are you waiting for? Get browsing the range today by clicking here!

*Please be aware that our PLA Plastic Bottles are not entirely clear and see-through, they have a yellowish tinge which comes from the plant-based materials that are used to make them.

Like the look of our PLA Bottles? Then we think you’ll love our plastic e-liquid bottles!