A consortium of companies and research centers coordinated by the Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research Center (ITENE) is working on the BioBeauty project, which aims to develop biodegradable and antioxidant packaging for organic cosmetic creams.
This packaging would delay the product oxidative degradation and, therefore, it is presented as a great business opportunity for both cosmetic SMEs manufacturers and biopolymers and packaging manufacturers.
The main aim of BioBeauty Project is to develop a biopackaging solution for organic skin creams through a combination of nanotechnology and active packaging. It will be based on an environmentally friendly biomaterial such as a PLA bionanocomposite and a natural active agent with antioxidant properties. The incorporation of natural antioxidants in the packaging is to delay the degradation of cosmetic cream.
This project is particularly relevant right now, because Europe is a prime target market for companies wishing to explore organic beauty. To maintain its position in the market, these products need to provide the same quality and shelf life than conventional cosmetics. The active packaging can be the way to achieve these requirements.
Environmental concerns such as plastic waste disposal and depletion of non-renewable resources together with the current trend towards greener formulations and sustainable credentials are a challenging opportunity for the development of alternatives to petroleum-based materials.
The BioBeauty consortium consists of eight partners from five different countries, Spain, Scotland, Slovenia, Netherlands and France. The partners are ITENE, Heriot Watt University, Miniland, Alissi Brontë, Alan Coar, Vitiva, Martin Snidjer Holding BV, ETS Bugnon.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development.