Hanwha Solutions to commercialize eco-friendly cosmetics containers

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : August 25, 2022, 14:44 Updated : August 25, 2022, 15:06

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SEOUL -- Hanwha Solutions, a chemical and energy company affiliated with South Korea's Hanwha Group, joined a green campaign to commercialize eco-friendly cosmetics containers using waste plastic recycling materials, in cooperation with a beauty and cosmetics product maker.

Hanwha Solutions joined hands with the holding company of Kolmar Korea and Yeon-U, a domestic cosmetics container maker, to push for the development, production, and distribution of eco-friendly cosmetics containers. The goal is to replace 50 percent of cosmetics tubes produced by Kolmar Korea with eco-friendly materials by 2030 and to increase the supply of eco-friendly packaging containers to global cosmetics companies.

Hanwha Solutions and Yeon-U have already completed the development of eco-friendly cosmetics containers with recycled polyethylene raw materials through joint research. Resource circulation efficiency is high as more than 40 percent of recycled polyethylene materials. Yeon-U, acquired by Kolmar Korea, has commercialized airless pumps, which prevent oxidation of content in containers by completely blocking the inflow of external air. 

A growing number of countries joined an international campaign to restrict the use of disposable plastic products. South Korea's beauty product market gets more eco-friendly by adopting biodegradable packages. Currently, almost every cosmetics products use plastic or glass packaging designed to hold liquid-type or paste-type products. Cosmetics makers favor plastic packages because of their durability and ability to absorb shock.

Kolmar Korea has developed an eco-friendly paper package for cosmetics products. In October 2021, Cosmax, a cosmetics original development manufacturer, unveiled its scheme to develop eco-friendly cosmetics containers using post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials that are made from the items that consumers recycle every day.
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