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What’s New in Eco-Manufacturing and Packaging

Jul 29, 2022 06:30AM ● By Rachael Oppy
Tube of refillable red lipstick

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Refillable Lipstick: One billion lipsticks are discarded worldwide annually. Now consumers can purchase refillable lipstick containers made with biodegradable bamboo and recyclable aluminum, among other eco-friendly materials. Refillable containers are meant for the same shade, so users will need a different case for each color.


Toothpaste tablets next to toothbrushes

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Toothpaste Bits and Tablets: Americans throw away more than 400 million empty toothpaste tubes annually. Now consumers can purchase bits and tablets of formulated toothpaste that go right in the mouth—simply bite down and start brushing with an eco-toothbrush made of bamboo. There’s also mouthwash and whitening bits, all packaged in glass bottles with compostable applicators.

 

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Deodorant: Deodorant tubes are not easy to recycle because they’re often made of several types of plastic. Now consumers can buy a reusable deodorant case made of stainless steel or other eco-friendly materials and purchase refills, as needed. Companies are also making paperboard push-up deodorant containers that easily biodegrade, as well as organic deodorant cream refills.


Stacks of reusable wipes wrapped in twine

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Reusable Wipes: Reusable wipes are becoming more common than disposable types. For babies, they’re often made of muslin and terrycloth, and can be tossed in the laundry. Reusable makeup wipes made of microfiber are also available.


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Doggy Poop Bag: Even Fido is going green when it comes to packaging. Instead of using plastic bags to pick up dog waste while on a walk, consumers can purchase biodegradable poop bags made of corn, vegetable oils and other compostable materials.



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