6. Sustainable Packaging

  1. Amarjit Sahota

Published Online: 6 DEC 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch6

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

How to Cite

Sahota, A. (ed) (2013) Sustainable Packaging, in Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 DEC 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119945543

Online ISBN: 9781118676516



  • cosmetic products;
  • ecodesign packaging;
  • environmental impact;
  • primary packaging;
  • sustainable packaging


Packaging is becoming a focus area for many cosmetic companies looking to reduce the environmental footprint of their products. Cosmetic products have primary, secondary and tertiary packaging. The discussion of packaging impact invariably refers to primary packaging since this mostly has plastic bottles, tubs and similar packaging. In general, there are two general approaches to sustainable packaging: design approach and materials. Both are complementary that is, ecodesign packaging can involve the use of materials with low environmental impact. The chapter talks about three contributors that shed some light into the use of sustainable packaging in cosmetic products. The first discusses the use of sustainable materials, focusing on the move from fossil-based raw materials to renewable raw materials. The second discusses the role of packaging design to reduce environmental impact, whilst the third is a case study from a pioneering company involved in sustainable packaging.