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Sustainable Packaging Solution for Cosmetics

By Alex Fox | 29 October 2020 | Feature, News, Products & Treatments, Sustainability & the environment

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An exciting breakthrough in the fight to become more sustainable in order to heal and protect the planet, Arjowiggins, paper manufacturer, has launched Sylvicta – a ground-breaking new sustainable alternative to plastics in cosmetics packaging as part of its mission to help create a circular economy society,

Sylvicta is a translucent, functional barrier paper that’s proven to preserve the quality of food and cosmetics just as well as conventional plastics, while ensuring limited impact on the environment. Testament to its unique sustainable properties, the pioneering paper is fully recyclable, compostable, marine degradable and made from renewable raw materials.

Sylvicta’s distinct advantage is its very high barrier to oxygen and fragrance, which means it can help cosmetic brands reduce the degradation of the product by prolonging shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the value chain.

Through precision fibre refining, Arjowiggins’ experienced R&D teams have developed this unique translucent paper with a natural bonding, without the need of any harmful chemicals. The result is a paper with a barrier to oxygen, aroma and oils.

Additionally, Arjowiggins is working continuously with cosmetics packaging converters to open up an endless array of applications for Sylvicta — from soap, shampoo bar and bath bomb wrapping to flow-pack transformed versionsa.

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What’s more, for cosmetics brands looking to create high-impact luxury packaging, Sylvicta’s aesthetic makes it the perfect choice. In fact, when running through conventional converting lines, it offers limitless creative possibilities: it can be foil-stamped, glued, embossed, printed in offset, gravure, and flexography, laminated to carboards, metallised or coated with heat or cold-sealable materials. Furthermore, a bio-waxed coating can be applied to obtain wet-strength properties and increased translucency.

“Despite the ongoing movement towards more sustainable packaging, in the cosmetics sector plastics still remain a popular choice, largely for practical reasons. Until now, most of the existing offer mainly single-use packaging, use unrecyclable, multi-layered laminates incorporating plastics or aluminium foil,” explains Christophe Jordan, MD of the Translucent Papers division at Arjowiggins. “The good news is that cosmetics brands looking for a fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper packaging need look no further than this product and to goes towards creating the circular economy society we all desire.”

Sylvicta is FSC and PEFC-certified, produced on a site that’s ISO 14001-compliant and is carbon-offset through the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme.

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Did you know about Arjowiggins…

Arjowiggins is an independent paper manufacturer with a rich history reaching back to the 17th century. From its Anglo-French roots, it has grown into a paper manufacturer with global reach, marrying experience, knowledge and skill to the most advanced technology available, to serve customers large and small. Today, Arjowiggins is firmly established as one of the world’s leading producers of creative and technical papers.

Sustainability and respect for the environment remain more than ever at the heart of Arjowiggins’ activities, through a wide range of ongoing internal and external initiatives. And it retains an intense focus on maintaining its position as a pioneer in the development of innovative, high added-value creative and technical paper products.