Tricky meanders of the eco-roadmaps
Lately there have been wide discussions that if we don’t save our planet, our next generations won’t be able to use its resources. Climate change is a fact and nobody can argue with it, but we still talk about the methods to care for the Earth without further harm. Average consumers receive conflicting media reports. On one hand, plastic is bad and we should eliminate it. On the other hand, replacing it with paper would cause wider logging, while the use of glass would increase CO2 emission in transport. What’s more, the production of both these materials uses up enormous amounts of water and leaves sea of sewage, which also must be taken into account.
We all agree that we should limit plastic used for shopping bags.
Truth be told, we should cut down on using disposable products all in all, regardless of the material they are made from. While paper cups or trays do not worry the ecologists, plastic plates, straws, balloons and other gadgets are being slowly withdrawn from the market.
What about the products that we can’t live without?
Glass as the panacea for all evil…
In the last years the cosmetic industry made a strong shift towards the sustainability. Despite the concerns raised by the cosmetologists, products made from natural ingredients and without preservatives make skyrocketing sales.
The packaging must be “in-tune” with the composition. For some consumers the first association is a glass vial or a jar, preferably in an amber colour. However, when we compare them with plastic airless packaging, glass comes across worse and overall it is not ecological. Nonetheless, the weight of the ready product is profitable as the packaging makes it a lot heavier than the same product put in the plastic airless packaging.
A glass jar weighs around 110 grams, while the same capacity airless only 50 grams. Why is it so important?
Average consumers might not think about how the products they use on a daily basis are transported.
Finished jars leave the glass factory and head for the production plant (closures also need to get there) where they are filled and optionally transported to a warehouse, then to a wholesaler or directly to stores, alternatively to logistic centres and then to stores. The stores don’t necessarily sell everything, so expired products need to be collected and transported to the reprocessing plants. Let’s not forget about the extra kilometres made by the consumers who go to stores to buy products. In the meantime, CO2 pours into the atmosphere. The bigger the transport, the more gasoline is used up.
The argument for the glass-made packaging is the fact that glass can be endlessly reprocessed. But then there’s the clash between the theory and practice…
Recycling of glass seems simple. However, it is not as obvious and widely practiced as we would assume. In Poland ca. 60% of glass is recycled, while 40% is irrevocably consumed by the construction industry (among others). What’s interesting, glass producers admit that only half of it is used. The rest of it is stored up or burnt (and transformed into hazardous waste).
From the glass collected from the consumer only 6-7% is refilled (mainly by the breweries which use the system of the returnable bottles). Because of the lack of the unification (which, for example, was applied in the communist Poland), glass packaging is not refilled on a wider scale, but crushed and remelted, which generates costs, as well as increased water and energy usage.
The rest of the collected material (a tad more than half of the glass from the market!) is made into the cullet which is only partly intended for new packaging – the rest of it, unfortunately, disappears in the statistics. In the case of clear glass on the market the content of the recycled glass is less than 40%, in brown glass it’s less than 50%, in green glass it’s around 80%, while in the unspecified colour it’s around 52%.
Since the glass manufacturers have access to material which can be endlessly reprocessed, why do they still use so much virgin glass? The answer is very trivial: it’s cheaper, faster and simpler to produce new glass than to collect, reprocess and clean the glass from the selective waste collection. Another argument is the fact that new glass is 100% stable and crystal clear, while the reprocessed glass doesn’t guarantee it. Glass factories can’t afford to manufacture goods of random quality because they could lose clients.
Lesser evil or stronger lobby?
Cosmetics very rarely come without packaging. There are more and more products offered in bars, but they are still sold with some type of outer packaging, and when they are sent from online shops, there are even more protective layers.
Product, which in theory is packaging- and plastic-free, generates around 200 grams of cardboard: a box or a wrap-around, then a parcel box and box fillers to secure the product in transport. In the best case scenario all of it will end up in the recycling plant. But, in order for the paper to be qualified for reprocessing, it has to be clean and dry (the earlier mentioned food trays do not fit these requirements).
The same applies to all products that need to be secured for transport with cardboard.
Recycling is the best thing we can do with it. When we reprocess it for notebooks, egg boxes or very frequently for the cheapest type of toilet paper, we give it a second life. Although the recycling process does not involve logging, it uses up hectolitres of water and pollutes the natural environment with strong whitening chemicals. Even with mechanical or biological filters, there is no possibility to avoid harming nature. One should also note that the mineral oils (MOAH and MOSH) in the printing inks may disrupt the recycling or lower the quality of the processed pulp. Let’s not forget that paper may be recycled up to seven times, so it will eventually end up on a landfill or in a combustion plant.
Beforehand, however, the trees were cut down, transported as wood, packaging, waste paper, the paper was cleaned, rinsed, discoloured…
Nobody has ever dared to say it out loud – stop paper processing!
Even though 100 kilograms of paper costs two medium-sized, oxygen-giving trees…
In Poland only 42% of paper is recycled!
Cotton. Why is it so good if it’s so bad?
Another material with great PR is cotton – to be more specific – cotton totes which proudly replace the plastic shopping bags. A nice cotton bag which screams eco-friendliness from a mile away seems to be the best solution for everyday shopping.
On the other side of the barricade we’ve got our good old plastic bags with LDPE. We all know their bad reputation, and the scary, enigmatic acronym doesn’t help.
Danish Ministry of Environment and Food (Cycle Assessment of grocery carrier bags, Ministry of Environment and Food of Demark, February 2018) decided to have a closer look at these two options and analyse their manufacturing processes. The analysed factors included: impact on the climate change and ozone layer, water usage, air pollution and toxicity. The results were surprising!
LDPE bag used once for shopping, then used, for example, as a rubbish bag, and finally burnt in proper conditions, is a lot less harmful than a cotton bag. The production of a cotton bag can be called sustainable only after it has been used around 7,000 times! So if we use one, particular bag every day, we can say we are eco-friendly and we helped the planet no sooner than after 19 years (sic!).
It’s worse if we use it only every second day… And it’s a total disaster if we choose the bag from organic cotton. Organic cotton is ca. 30% less durable than the regular cotton, while its production requires 30% more water. Hence, it takes even more time for organic cotton bags to become sustainable – they would have to be used ca. 10,000 times!
Even if we took it seriously and tried to use one cotton bag for years, it is very probable that it would tear before it really became eco-friendly.
Each new bag starts the new countdown to sustainability and we should bear it in mind once our old one becomes useless and it’s time to replace it.
Will the ripped cotton bag be reprocessed? No, the cotton recycling plants are virtually non-existent.
Some optimistic data
In 2018 in Europe 29.1 million tons of plastic were gathered, 42.6% of which was energetically recovered, 32.5% was recycled, and ¼ ended up in landfills. Still, these results are not the best, but in comparison to 2006 the recycling increased by 100%, energetic recovery by 77%, while the amount of landfilled plastic dropped by 44%. These numbers prove we are heading towards positive changes. Let’s not slow down!
By 2025, the aim is to recycle 50% of plastic, which, judging by the recent numbers, seems quite attainable.
The EU legislators forecast increased recycling of other fractions: we should recycle 70% of glass and 75% of paper. From 1 January 2025 the system of the textile collection from households should be organised.
Sorting waste and reasonable shopping is the only road we, the consumers, can take. When we plan the packaging at the stage of production, we should keep in mind the guidelines of the eco-design which help us perceive the packaging as waste that should be recyclable.
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Recently, we have been forced to again raise the prices of our products.
We feel obliged to explain the reason for these changes.
In the recent two years, so from the moment of the pandemic outbreak, the costs of transport of a container on intercontinental routes have increased eight times.
Lately there have been wide discussions that if we don’t save our planet, our next generations won’t be able to use its resources. Climate change is a fact and nobody can argue with it, but we still talk about the methods to care for the Earth without further harm.
The very first product that comes to our minds when we think of a trigger sprayer is of course a window cleaner. It is used in households, offices and other public service places. Lately, the store shelves have been stocked with more and more different products closed in trigger sprayers.
Purchase decision are made by consumers as young as 3 or 4 years old! They are the main target groups of the online or TV ads played during the cartoons. Kids are also more susceptible to the store displays or creative points of sale.
Nowadays customers become more and more eco-conscious. People read and analyse the product composition and are aware of the materials used for packaging. Many shopping choices are made based on their eco-friendliness.
More than ever before, the last year truly proved the fact that we live in a global village. Every country, almost every business owner, and finally every man, depend on other people and random events. We always knew it in theory, but now we have found it to our cost.
Hair obsession, which is a conscious hair care, has recently become more and more popular and gained many female followers.
Plastic recycling has been widely discussed for a long time now, but the topic has not been exhausted yet and there is a lot more to cover
Polpak Sp. z o.o. joined the elite circle of companies awarded with the Business Gazelle title!
Does the outbreak of the pandemic relieve the businesses from the eco-responsibilities?
In the first part of our eco-design series we covered its main principles and explained why it is important to stick to it through all stages of the product development. We already know how to choose a bottle. Now we will discuss the remaining packaging elements along with their eco-versions.
Eco-design is yet another newly coined term that has recently entered our dictionaries. Its etymology is self-explanatory, but what does it really mean? What requirements have to be met in order to call a product’s design “eco”?
Yellow and grey have been crowned the colours of 2021. The choice is not random: it reflects the lifestyle and mood prevailing in the current situation.
We are closing 2020 with record sales – in the second part of December we hit 100 million sold products!
In the first part we discussed some of the problems our traders have to deal with on a daily basis. We put it forward to share the knowledge and show you that some solutions must make not only for the visual effect, but firstly for the better functionality of the packaging with the specific medium and bottle.
From time to time we lift the veil of secrecy surrounding our company’s internal affairs. We write about our cool team of well-tuned members who love their jobs. This year we shared a few honest thoughts on our business branch which suffered many turmoils and swirls.
The history of the breakthrough inventions shows that scientists from different places researched a phenomenon or worked on a specific project at the same time, and then announced their revolutionary findings virtually simultaneously.
Since the Polpak Packaging department now also offers polyolefin shrink film (also called shrink wrap), we are able to not only deliver perfect packaging closures and complete cosmetic packaging, but also become the next chain in securing our Customers’ products.
The ever-growing amount of plastic contributes to its ever-worsening opinion.
Most of our world contains polymer elements and most of the eco-media coverage presents it in a negative light.
We, on the other hand, try to write not only about its phenomenon and versatility, but also the fact that if we take proper actions, we can prevent it from flooding the world.
Primum non nocere – first, do no harm!
Multithreading of eco-behaviours is incredibly elaborate. Attempts to create a perfect system that would reduce the amount of produced waste and simultaneously save water and minimise the carbon footprint, must be based on knowledge and, paradoxically, intuition, but first of all on common sense.
As cosmetic packaging and closures supplier we are a part of Polpak Sp. z o.o. Depending on different industry branches, the company is known for various products and services.
Coronavirus has frustrated our plans for this year. It has paralysed delivery times and forced organisers to cancel planned trade fairs.
Paradoxically, it has also strengthened our company’s values! Preaching nice and smooth slogans at calm times doesn’t require much effort.
Aluminium products are much appreciated in the packaging, food, cosmetic and industrial branches. This metal is light and easily processed, whereas products made from aluminium are relatively durable and practical.
What is it all about?
Why is one hard and transparent whereas another matt and flexible?
Why will we sleep very well on one while another will be bulletproof?
Less is more
All business branches and almost all people are in one way or another affected by the outbreak of the pandemic. Market analysts, psychologists and other experts prepare studies or speculations as to what and how has changed, how bad it is and how worse it is going to get.
Although at first glance the above motto may be a little baffling and one could wonder: 'What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?', there exists a deep connection between production and recycling.
Reduction of waste has long been a hot topic, discussed not only by the environmental organizations, but also politicians all over the world. The issue covers already existing waste, waste that is being introduced to the market, as well as future waste generation. Laws, directives and restrictions shed light on the problem and force entrepreneurs to take preventive measures in order to reduce to minimum the landfill sites that are scattered al
Over the centuries of the human existence on Earth, people’s needs have steadily increased. In ancient times, a fireplace, own cave, a piece of leather as clothing and hunting for wild animals was enough to survive. However, increased appetite, the desire for comfort and the need for an easier life were an impulse for ongoing improvements.
The very first and important stage of the recycling process is sorting waste at home. But what happens later?
Where does the waste end up and how does a PET bottle transform into a fleece sweatshirt?
The “zero waste” philosophy has recently gained great popularity. More and more followers try to live by its rules. We don’t fall behind either – we’ve already written about its multidimensionality and the fact that “zero waste” is not only about groceries and not wasting food, to which it is very often reduced. If it’s called a “philosophy”, it should apply to wider aspects of life and general lifestyle.
We often bring up the subject of ecology, sustainability, as well as care and respect for our planet. When we started introducing products made from plastic to the market, we took upon the responsibility to inform our customers and end-consumers how to deal with the packaging after use, once our products become waste.
May these Easter holidays fill your hearts with hope, faith and joy.
We wish you good health, peace and optimistic views on the future.
All the best,
Polpak Packaging Team
Aluminium can be processed an infinite number of times!
Aluminium is lightweight, which means it’s cheaper to transport!
Aluminium is solid and elegant, boosting edgy or vintage look!
Have a look at our 10 to 350 ml jars!
Starting on Monday, March 16th, we are joining the #StayHome campaign.
We are switching to remote working mode.
We will meet on 24-25 June at EXPO XXI centre in Warsaw!
We should always plan our holiday trips ahead. Not only our destination, but also items that we want to take with us!
In 2018 the Polish Ministry of Environment launched the electronic database on waste. The aim of the register is to control waste introduced to the market, its circulation and disposal.
POLPAK Sp. z o.o.
The new year is associated with new resolutions, plans and dreams that we wish to fulfil with a new beginning. Sadly, according to the statistics most of these exciting promises go up in flames already mid-January.
Even though December is the last month of the year, devoted to important summary of the past twelve months, it is also a promising beginning of the upcoming year. During this time international analytic companies publish the results of their research and set new trends for 2020.
According to the Internet wisdom “simple solutions are the simplest”. We truly believe it and our offer reflects it. We care for our customers, hence instead of complicating their decision-making process, we try to simplify it. Sometimes less is more and a narrow selection of the finest products is the key to success. Our long experience and sales analysis show that three types of bottle caps for white co
Light as a feather!
What comes to our minds when we think of chocolate mousse, meringue or Marshmallows? Lightness and treat for the palate. But foamy texture is not only desired in the kitchen – we also love it in cosmetics.
Meet the airless packaging and its magic!
No air, full functionality!
Not long ago we described essential functions of a packaging. It should mainly protect the cosmetic product, provide easy application, be appealing to the eye and eco-friendly.
The annual factory closedown is close by!
Special order products with longer lead times!
The turn of September and October was a very intense time since we visited the industry trade fairs in the country and abroad.
Autumn is for us the beginning of a new season that we’ve been diligently preparing for for a few months now. We’ve observed the market and analysed orders made by our customers. Therefore, we’ve decided to add 9 new products to our standard, permanent distribution.
Our favourite subject is of course… packaging.
It’s our passion, job, reality and entertainment.
From dusk till dawn our Polpak team members dose, pack, send packaging and receive new inventory. We send e-mails, make phone calls and gossip about one thing only.
Total look, also known as mono look, is a timeless elegance. It applies not only to clothing or interior design elements in mono-colours, but also to cosmetic packaging. Monochromatic designs are chic and tasteful, no matter the trends or passing fads.
Dressing tables full of multicoloured bottles, dispensers, sprayers or jars may be charming, but to truly bring out elegance, they should match the interior.
The beginning of the year brought new recycling rules – what used to be three different recycling receptacles have now become six.
According to a survey conducted by Kantar TNS on behalf of the ProKarton Foundation, Poles are paying less attention to sorting waste.
For many of us summer is the most beautiful season. High temperatures, long days and sunny mornings power us up and boost us with energy for action. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, charges our batteries for the rest of the year.
Every year in June we join the CosmeticBusiness trade fair in Munich and present our products to the industry members from the Western Europe.
We are living in a time when information appears in an instant and it circles the world even faster. We are flooded by news coming from each and every direction, some of which is so-called 'fake news', i.e. untrue information, the purpose of which is to be sensational, cause outrage, controversy or generate traffic to the website on which it was published. It is up to us to separate truth from falsehood, because official refutation either does
Let‘s meet us on CosmeticBusiness - International trade fair of cosmetics supplying industry in Munich, Germany.
This spring trade fair in Warsaw is an opportunity every year to meet our regular customers, to get to know new companies and to establish interesting business contacts. It gives us an opportunity to present our new products and the entire spectrum of ways in which they can be modified, something that is of vital importance to us!
Let’s meet at the trade show in Warsaw!
On 2nd and 3rd April, the Warsaw exhibition and trade centre EXPO XXI is hosting another annual Packaging Innovations event. Our team will be waiting for you in the Green Hall at stand A11.
Another spring is around the corner, and we are all taking off our heavy clothes to be able to enjoy the sun, which is getting warmer every day.
Does all packaging have the chance of a second life?
We look forward to seeing at our stand!
So little is needed to reveal beauty.
We would like to thank all our Clients and Partners for their trust and we sincerely wish you a happy Christmas with your family.
In response to the countless discussions and books that address the present condition of our natural environment, all kinds of measures and solutions that address the problem are proposed, some of which do not even require much effort and can be implemented by just about anyone.
Minimalist lifestyle: what does zero waste mean?
IMPORTANT! Longer order fulfilment times
Thank you for coming to the fairs.
The pollution of our oceans, seas, rivers and forests is a topic that each of us encounters daily. Despite how much the issue is discussed, the countless conversations and conferences on it, it is still difficult to deal with it effectively. So, it is worth stressing how crucial it is that absolutely every single inhabitant of our planet is committed to tackling it. The every day choices and decisions of each individual not only have specific
Autumn is always a busy time in the packaging business, with numerous industry events to attend. This year is no different. Those interested in cosmetics packaging products and closures are in for a treat with a number of important events, where they will be able to see the latest and the most innovative developments in the field
A major part of it is plastic and unfortunately a lot of it is still stored in landfills. Recycling and ecology are recently one of the main topics discussed internationally, primarily because of the fact that waste production is a growing issue. How does that all relate to packaging products? Has the present situation been caused by plastics as such, or is the consumers' missing awareness to blame?
Packaging products suitable for pharmacy shelves
Protection, safety, hygiene of application – these are the essential features of a good packaging product
“Fine feathers make fine birds”, or fashion and trends in packaging design.
Thank you for coming to Cosmetic Business!
Have you checked out the new products in our permanent range yet?
Polpak Packaging invites you to CosmeticBusiness 2018!
Impress your customer with… your packaging!
Thank you for participating in Packaging Innovations fair!
Airless packaging solutions for special assignments.
Happy Easter !
We would like to invite you to the Packaging Innovations International Trade Show.
Airless packaging – calculating the print area.
We are expanding the range of products available on stock.
How to measure the dip tube length with a ruler – quickly and simply.
Refresh the image of your product!
Polpak Packaging for Christmas!
From the series: A little „know-how” – How to choose an optimum dosing mechanism for the product?
Big possibilities of a small packaging closure.
A little bit of 'know-how' - What kind of tube should be used in packaging?
Interesting application of closures and packaging in food industry.
Already in the second half of October new products will appear in regular distribution in Polpak Packaging. This time we are offering you two new models of trigger sprayers and one model of foam sprayer.
15 September – Day of Packaging
Danish Beauty Award 2017 - packaging and cosmetics nominated for an award!!!
Made for each other – how to choose the packaging for a cosmetic product?
Natural, ecological and innovative cosmetics – current trend in cosmetic industry.
Make cleaning a pleasure!
Thank you for visiting Polpak Packaging at the Cosmetic Business fair!
New products from Polpak Packaging on Cosmetic Business fair 2017!
Cosmetic Business 2017 - Invitation
Spring releases in Polpak Packaging offer!
Invitation to Packaging Innovations fair 2017