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Johnsen & Jorgensen target cosmetics market with recycled PET bottles

By Andrew McDougall , 19-Aug-2010
Last updated the 19-Aug-2010 at 13:06 GMT

Johnsen & Jorgensen, a UK-based packaging supplier, has entered into a distribution deal with Artenius PET Packaging UK to release a new environmentally-friendly range of recycled PET bottles for the cosmetics industry.

“The environmental aspect of these recycled bottles, coupled with the fact that they are competitively priced and we are able to fulfil volume orders to any quantity, should make this new range a very popular choice within the cosmetics and personal care market” commented Jon Wear, sales director at Johnsen & Jorgensen.

Customers will have a range of sizes to choose from; 60ml right up to 500ml, and will only have two different neck sizes, limiting the selection of closures that will need to be ordered.

The Boston Round styled containers will offer an easy handling shape and have been specifically designed for hair and skin care products, shampoos and lotions.

Johnsen & Jorgensen believe the resistant, lightweight characteristics of the recycled polyethylene terephthalate make it the ideal material for packaging personal care products, with the bottles using 25% post consumer recycled PET material.

PET has been a recommended choice for personal care product packaging due to its similarities with glass, as a 100% recyclable material. From a safety aspect, the material is almost unbreakable and can be easily shaped for comfort.

Clarity and quality concerns

There have been concerns over whether recycled PET packaging still holds the same clarity and quality as virgin material; however, the development in PET recycling technology may be the key to a sustainable polyethylene terephthalate packaging cycle.

An LCI study earlier this year found that using recycled PET saves energy and generates less greenhouse gas, whilst the material keeps its original characteristics without sacrificing performance in a variety of product applications.

The study found that recycled PET requires less energy than that needed to produce the equivalent tonnage of virgin PET resin. The corresponding savings in greenhouse gas emissions amounts to 1.1 million tons of CO2 equivalents.

With growing consumer demand for environmentally-friendly products, plastics packaging is an area that needs to be addressed in the personal care market, and is one of the key topics of discussion at the upcoming HBA Expo, with John Van Hulle, president for global colour additives and inks at PolyOne, featuring on the expert panel.

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