Cosmetic tubes from bio-based polyethylene – saving resources, recyclable and promoting sales

Cosmetic tubes from bio-based polyethylene – saving resources, recyclable and promoting sales

May 13, 2019
Marcia González

With Braskem’s Green PE, FKuR has a family of biobased plastics in its portfolio, which has proved to be a great success with tube producers

Plastic Free World Conference speaker FkUR and Expo exhibitor Braskem are to showcase their expertise in bioplastics at the CosmeticBusiness 2019 exhibition in Munich at the start of June. Cosmetic tubes made from Braskem’s bio-based Green PE combine sustainability and recyclability along with attractiveness at the point of sale, in doing so meeting the demands of brand owners and end consumers.

FKuR’s portfolio covers a wide range of bio-based plastics for the production of cosmetic packaging. Having good barrier properties and durability, all grades provide the required resistance to the ingredients. This is combined with excellent printability giving an attractive product without having to use secondary packaging. The bio-based polyethylene Green PE produced by Braskem from renewably sourced sugar cane is ideally suited for the extrusion blow molding of tubes. Depending on the application, HDPE grades with more than 90% of bio-based content, or LDPE grades with more than 95% of bio-based content, as well as LLDPE grades with more than 80% of bio-based content (according to ASTM D 6866) are available. Furthermore, with its Terralene LL 1712, FKuR offers a ready-to-use compound for tube production based on Green PE.

“Green PE offers ideal properties for the purpose of cosmetic tubes,” explained Patrick Zimmermann, director Sales & Marketing at FKuR. “That’s why our cooperation with cosmetic tube manufacturers is already very successful. Applications you will see at the exhibition are only the beginning of a promising development. They show how bio-based plastics can be used to particular advantage in this area of application, because they also clearly point out the environmental awareness of brand owners on the point of sales.

“Based on this, we are involved in the development of further tube applications in the cosmetics and healthcare sectors, where we advise on application technology and, if necessary, also develop customer-specific modifications of our bioplastics. A good example of this is our Terralene PP as a partially bio-based plastic with the properties of polypropylene, used for the production of , for example, the caps with and without film hinges.”

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 will take place from Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June, at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany. To register for this highly focused and solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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