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Cosmetic Packaging to Save the Environment: Future Perspectives

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Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 2, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Dermatol Unit, Campania University L.Vanvitelli, Via Pansini 5, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Cosmetics 2019, 6(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics6020026
Received: 18 March 2019 / Revised: 10 April 2019 / Accepted: 11 April 2019 / Published: 15 April 2019
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Abstract

Consumer awareness about the damages that plastic packaging waste cause to the environment, coupled with bio-economy and circular economy policies, are pushing plastic packaging versus the use of bio-based and biodegradable materials. In this contest, even cosmetic packaging is looking for sustainable solutions, and research is focusing on modifying bio-based and biodegradable polymers to meet the challenging requirements for cosmetic preservation, while maintaining sustainability and biodegradability. Several bio-based and biodegradable polymers such as poly(lactic acid), polyhydroxyalkanoates, polysaccharides, etc., are available, and some first solutions for both rigid and flexible packaging are already present on the market, while many others are under study and optimization. A fruitful cooperation among researchers and industries will drive the cosmetic sector toward being more ecological and contributing to save our environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: packaging; bioplastics; biopolymers; poly(lactic acid); polyhydroxyalkanoate; polysaccharides; sustainability packaging; bioplastics; biopolymers; poly(lactic acid); polyhydroxyalkanoate; polysaccharides; sustainability
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Cinelli, P.; Coltelli, M.B.; Signori, F.; Morganti, P.; Lazzeri, A. Cosmetic Packaging to Save the Environment: Future Perspectives. Cosmetics 2019, 6, 26.

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