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07 November, 2016

Biobeauty, first active and compostable packaging for natural cosmetics

It is the result of a European project coordinated by ITENE Research Center along with seven other partners, including several packaging & materials manufacturers, Miniland Group, Vitiva, Martin Snijder Holding BV and ETS Bugnon; cosmetic firms, Alan Coar and Alissi Bronte; and researchers at Heriot Watt University, in Edinburgh, UK.
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Biobeauty packaging
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A consortium of companies and research centers, coordinated by ITENE (Packaging, Transport & Logistics Research Center), has developed an innovative and active biodegradable packaging for natural cosmetic creams that extends the expiry date of the product to a year and a half.

Currently, there are compostable packaging materials such as PLA (polylactic acid) which give the product an average shelf life of 6 months. Biobeauty improves the barrier and antioxidant properties of conventional PLA, and also with the incorporation of active substances to the packaging material, the product can achieve a shelf life of 18 months.

The new packaging is made of PLA (biodegradable material), reinforced with nanomaterials, and also incorporates a natural active agent with antioxidant properties.

Biobeauty fully responds to the growing industry of natural and organic cosmetics, which demands packaging solutions made from renewable materials that may protect this product without losing durability of their creams.

Biodegradable and compostable packaging

Furthermore, this packaging meets the European standard for compostable packaging, EN 13432, which means that it can become a nutrient for soil (compost). Moreover it also contributes to erosion reduction and absorption of water and nutrients by plants.

The researcher at ITENE and project coordinator, Maria Jorda, indicates that "in order to prevent oxidation of natural creams, we have used two technologies. On one hand, an active packaging with a natural antioxidant that has achieved the antioxidant properties for creams and, moreover, a bionanocomposite whose base is the poly-lactic acid, PLA, also from a natural source, which improves the barrier properties, and together extend the shelf life of the cosmetic".

The BioBeauty consortium consisted of eight partners from five different countries: Spain, Scotland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and France. The partners are ITENE, Heriot Watt University, Miniland, Alissi Brontë, Alan Coar, Vitiva, Martin Snijder Holding BV and ETS Bugnon.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 606508.

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