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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Sustainable Cosmetics Packaging Solutions out of 125
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 125 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 120 sustainable cosmetics packaging solutions, get in touch.
The Kind Planet Company provides Sustainable Packaging Options
Today, most packaging is designed to be used once and then discarded. However, in combination with the use of toxic and non-biodegradable plastics, cities and the ocean accommodate vast volumes of such material. Startups offer circular packaging solutions to incorporate the principles of a circular economy and integrate them with sustainable packaging. For cosmetics, this translates into eco-friendly tubes, containers, and mechanisms for everyday products such as soap, shampoo, and other personal care products.
British startup The Kind Planet Company makes a skincare line from sustainable organic red palm oil and shea butter. The product mimics the consistency of paraffin-based emollients. The startup’s packaging options include FSC-certified cardboard and amber glass jars. The company also enables returnable and reusable packaging by rewarding customers who return the glass jars after use. Further, the startup is looking to implement aluminum lids to ensure even more recyclability of their cosmetics packaging.
Wellow offers Plant-based Cosmetics Packaging
A lot of plastic deodorant tubes are tossed into oceans, rivers, and landfills every year. With governments’ delaying actions to stop pollution associated with single-use plastics, eco-minded startups are developing sustainable alternatives for packaging. Some innovations include recyclable packaging, plant-based packaging, and circular packaging for daily-use products and cosmetics.
Wellow is a US-based startup that packs its soaps, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, and deodorants in plant-based packaging that degrades within months as backyard compost. Moreover, their products are cruelty-free and contain no aluminum, parabens, toxins, or depletable resources, which makes them environmentally sustainable.
Jungluck packages using Amber Glass
To encourage consumers to reuse or return cosmetics packaging, brands and companies turn towards fully-recyclable and commonly-used materials, such as amber glass and aluminum. Amber glass, in particular, is infinitely recyclable and also less polluting to recycle when compared to plastics. Cosmetics startups incorporate amber glass into their product packaging as it also provides protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light.
German sustainable cosmetics startup Junglück offers a range of eco-friendly skincare products packaged in amber glass. To avoid the use of paper that will be thrown away, the startup prints all the important information directly onto the bottles, jars, and folding boxes. Moreover, Junglück utilizes recycled cardboard boxes and uses wood wool, a forestry waste product, as protective packaging. The startup enables a circular packaging economy by rewarding users for returning bottles and utilizing climate-neutral shipping of their orders.
LOLI develops Zero-Waste Cosmetics Packaging
According to the US EPA, almost 70% of all cosmetic waste, including packaging material, ends up in landfills. Consumers increasingly demand sustainable options from brands, and together with the problem of plastic waste, cosmetics companies are rethinking their products and business. Packaging startups offer novel and environmentally-friendly options to cosmetic companies including zero-waste and biodegradable packaging.
US-based startup LOLI manufactures cosmetics containing zero-waste ingredients. Some of their products include rose water, organic face serum, makeup remover, and moisturizer. The startup ensures its packaging is plastic-free and fully recyclable. Further, LOLI uses only recycled, recyclable, and EU-certified compostable packaging, as well as reusable glass jars. This way, the startup’s cosmetic products enable end-to-end sustainability and reduce unnecessary waste.
Dorothy Roffat Cosmetics utilizes Bamboo-based Packaging
Bamboo packaging is increasing in popularity due to several favorable characteristics it offers for packaging. Bamboo-based packaging is typically stronger and more durable than plastic, provides rigidity on par with steel, and is also versatile for package designers to work with. Further, bamboo is both biodegradable and compostable and grows in many parts of the world. Cosmetics companies elevate their products by packaging them in plant-based material.
Dorothy Roffat Cosmetics is a German brand utilizing bamboo-based packaging for their cosmetics products. The bamboo packaging is untreated and therefore completely compostable. The cosmetics brand also sets an example for sustainability by offering refillable packaging. The company offers sustainable face, eye, and lip make-up, as well as eco-friendly brushes and other accessories.
Discover more Packaging Startups
Packaging startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on automation, innovative materials, robotics as well as recycling. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more packaging technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.