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Thinking About the Box...



tube and bottle. The entire packaging process is on marketers minds these days from raw material procurement to what happens after customers squeeze out that last drop of product.



By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor



Published June 15, 2011
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Packaging can be a simple process—pick a container, decorate it, fill it, ship it. But in 2011, as packaging executives and designers will attest, there’s much more.


The spotlight on natural, organic and sustainability—driven by NGOs, consumers and shareholders—has further propelled personal care, beauty and household product packaging into the green zone. Companies must now examine their packaging from procurement to well past the point of purchase. In DuPont’s recently released global survey of consumer packaged goods companies and packaging converters, nearly 40% of respondents identified sustainability issues as the top challenge facing the packaging industry.


But it isn’t just über eco-friendly companies making changes; global giants are rolling out more natural products, making greener packaging more accessible to the masses.


A Sweet Bottle


In fact, one may be hard pressed to find a brand with more mass appeal than Pantene—and this P&G powerhouse is now producing shampoo and conditioner bottles made primarily from plant-based plastic. The material, a first for the hair care industry, according to P&G, is made from sugarcane and will be used on the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection, a range that rolled out in 2009 and is sold in all major markets globally. The new bottles will bow in several Western European markets and retailers over the summer and P&G has expansion plans in place for the rest of the world, including the U.S. market, over the next 18-24 months.

 

Braskem, a Brazilian firm, supplies the plant-based plastic, which is then shipped to France where P&G’s packaging supplier manufactures the actual bottle. Even with the trans-Atlantic trek, the benefits of using the material were apparent to P&G.


“We’ve conducted a rigorous Life Cycle Assessment that concludes that, even including the shipping from Brazil to Europe, there are significant environmental benefits from using this packaging,” a company spokesperson told Happi.


According to P&G, sugarcane-derived plastic consumes more than 70% less fossil fuels and releases more than 170% less greenhouse gases per ton than traditional petroleum-based plastic.

By using renewable resources such as sugarcane-based plastic, Pantene is supporting P&G’s overarching goal of replacing 25% of petroleum-based materials with sustainably sourced renewable materials by 2020. P&G’s long-term vision is to use 100% renewable or recycled materials on all of its products.


P&G has set the bar high, but executives note the firm is in it for the long haul. In a press statement, Hanneke Faber, P&G’s vice president and brand franchise leader for Global Pantene, said the brand is “thrilled to be the first hair care brand to use this technology on its packaging but we also recognize sustainability is a journey and we’re fully committed to it. Our goal is to punctuate this journey with meaningful innovations that make our communities more healthy and beautiful and we hope others will follow.”


The Sustainability Sojourn


Others agree that sustainability is a sojourn, not a destination.


“This isn’t a fad or something that is going to change; retailers are asking for it, shareholders are asking about CSR,” noted Laurie Demeritt, president and chief operating officer of research and consulting company The Hartman Group. “But everything isn’t going to change overnight.”


Demeritt suggests CPGs get in lockstep with their customers when it comes to their own sustainability journey.


“What we typically hear from consumers is that they are trying to make better choices—like turning off lights, recycling more—and they want those companies who make the products they buy to make some changes too. They say, ‘Be on that journey with me,’” she told Happi.


Demeritt says companies should set goals and move toward them, and speak up about it—on the package itself.


According to Hartman Group, which is based in Bellevue, WA, packaging is a first and last potential means of communicating a brand’s efforts in sustainability; it is where consumers meet the product on shelves, and dispose of them at the product’s end of life. Synchronizing elements of product narrative, ingredient details and packaging attributes can lend a “significant halo to how companies communicate their efforts in sustainability,” the company wrote in a HartBeat report released this spring.


Demeritt pointed to Tom’s of Maine as a firm that has effectively communicated its sustainability efforts on pack. This year, the company tweaked all of its packaging, placing its “Goodness Box” on all products. The box uses icons to quickly communicate the environmental benefits of the product, including the eco-profile of the packaging.


Message in a Bottle


Communicating sustainability via packaging is a hot button for Ellery West, founder of Organic Essence, which manufactures USDA certified organic body care products, including a lip balm housed in a compostable tube made of 100% recycled paper, organic glue and soy ink.

 

Method released a new line of cleaning products that come in a custom designed, 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottle.

“Packaging is the most visceral and powerful way a brand can communicate sustainability values,”West told Happi.


According to Organic Essence, the Eco Tube—which it designed on its own—offers 40% more balm than most brands, which users like, and it is 40% lighter than traditional plastic tubes, which reduces transportation fuel use. Is the tube a competitive advantage for the Crescent City, CA-based company? Yes, but Organic Essence wants to share it—or better yet, sell it to—the rest of industry. The principals of the company have since formed Eco Vision Packaging to manufacture and license its packaging ideas, including the eco tube.


Eco Vision has recently filed patent applications for its all-paper-tube-container that is made from one piece of tube, eliminating the edge curl and disk approach—with hand labor—that is commonly used.
This automatic process promises to dramatically decrease paper tube packaging production costs across much of the paper tube industry, according to West.


Upping the Ante


As more companies address sustainability and incorporate more environmentally friendly packaging, the most eco-minded firms are pushing themselves further.


Tom’s of Maine is always looking for new ways to lessen the environmental impact of its packaging, whether that means switching materials or eliminating excess. In fact, this year it began packaging its toothpaste in plastic “laminate” tubes rather than the aluminum tubes that had been used by the brand since the mid-1970s, and had become synonymous with the company. In addition, Tom’s has eliminated the box on its children’s toothpaste.


In late April, Method released a new line of cleaning products that come in what the firm says is the only custom designed, 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottle in the mass market. Overall, PCR reduces the carbon emissions from plastic production by more than 70% compared to virgin plastics.


Raising the bar to 100% PCR plastic was a natural choice—and prime example of “cradle to cradle product design, effectively using the plastic that’s already on the planet in a beautifully executed package,” noted Drummond Lawson, Method’s director of “greenskeeping.”Through developing a super-clean supply chain for the recycled plastic, the normally cloudy PCR is crystalclear and is fully recyclable, according to company said.


Rival eco firm


Seventh Generation, Burlington, VT, has taken a bold step in the household care aisle too, introducing a liquid laundry detergent bottle made from 100% recycled cardboard and newspaper. The Natural 4X Laundry Detergent bottle, designed with Seventh Generation’s partners at Ecologic Brands, features a fully-recyclable and a compostable outer shell made from 70% recycled cardboard fibers and 30% old newspaper fibers that supports a recyclable lightweight plastic pouch made of #4 plastic inside. The rugged pack uses 66% less plastic than typical 100oz 2X detergent bottles. The pack’s #5 cap can be placed in the recycling bin too.

 

Seventh Generation has a liquid laundry detergent bottle made from 100% recycled cardboard and newspaper.

Greener packaging is taking hold outside of traditional mass outlets and supermarkets where consumers shop for their household cleaners. Global home improvement retailer The Home Depot sports its own Eco Options label for products that meet certain environmental performance criteria and Green Earth Technologies’ G-Clean line has made the ranks. In addition to sustainable formulas, G-Clean’s pressure washer cleaning solutions are sold in sustainable/reusable collapsible bags.
According to the company, 12oz of detergent are sealed in a 1-gallon collapsible bag; consumers add water to complete a full gallon of ready-to-use concentrate that will in turn make up to 21 gallons of detergent.


After the Sale


When it comes to recycling, the ubiquitous green arrow symbol is a given on any pack that meets the criteria, but actually getting the bottle, tube or cap “in the loop” is out of the marketer’s hand. The onus falls on consumers—some of whom are committed to the practice, but others not so much.

 

Tools of the Trade


Sustainability occupies much of the conversation in packaging, but function is always paramount. No matter how swank or sustainable a bottle or tube may be, if it leaks in a travel bag, leads to contamination or leaves a consumer disappointed, it is destined for the scrap heap.


A critical eye on design and functionality can play a major role in enhancing the user’s experience and maintaining the integrity of a highly sensitive product inside.

 

With the Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush just click to dispense product, apply the brush to the under eye area and massage to blend.

Estée Lauder’s Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, for example, features a “first-to-market” specially contoured applicator that cools, massages and helps re-energize the look of tired, puffy eyes instantly.

The cooling effect comes by way of ceramic, which has an amazing ability to absorb heat and stay cool, noted Nadine Pernodet, executive director of skin biology, R&D at Estée Lauder Companies.

 

Estée Lauder’s Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminatorfeatures a ceramic applicator.

According to Pernodet, Lauder discovered that tiles composed of an advanced ceramic are a critical component of a space shuttle’s thermal protection system, when the shuttle is re-entering the atmosphere to insulate it from very high temperatures.


“It helps the product’s overall effectiveness with gentle massage, therefore helping fatigued, puffy-looking eyes to instantly feel refreshed,” said Pernodet. Plus, there’s another benefit. “It also offers a great alternative to storing your eye creme in the refrigerator,” she added.


Another well-designed applicator for an eye treatment comes via P&G’s Olay brand. Rolled out in February, Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush is a light, non-greasy daily moisturizer that instantly reduces the appearance of darkness under the eye with one sweep of a brush, said the company. Prior to its initial use, users click the brush end several times to begin product flow, then they click once or twice to dispense product and apply the brush to the under eye area and massage to blend. P&G Beauty senior scientist Rolanda Johnson addressed the brush’s role in enhancing the consumer’s experience.


“Consumers desire efficacious products that they can see benefits from the product sooner rather than later. Applicators and devices lend to driving efficacy and increased benefits,” she said.


According to Johnson, the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System “was designed to
deliver effective cleansing compared to manual cleansing.


Packaging that protects the integrity of a formulation was a top priority for La-Roche Posay’s new Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care, a daily moisturizer plus calming agent that is formulated with zero percent preservatives.The pack is constructed from 16 pieces, of which 15 are used just for the pump alone. This hi-tech package has multiple features which allow the formulator to create a formula designed for those individuals with sensitive skin, according to Peter Foltis, director of L’Oréal USA,

Scientific Affairs-Skin Care.

“From the inside out, the product is enclosed in a pouch within the component. The pouch is retractable which allows for minimal waste. The pouch also affords protection from air-oxidation,” he said.


For further protection, the valve has three checks to prevent retro-contamination and the tip of the actuator also has a hermetic seal that enables formula to flow out of the pack and closes immediately afterwards. The result, there no residue left at the tip so there is no potential for contamination or oxidation.


“Having all of these safeguards of the formula built into the package allows us to create a formula that is preservative-free. By minimizing the ingredients in the formula, Toleriane Ultra is well-suited for those individuals with sensitive skin,” Foltis concluded.


According to one LaRoche-Posay marketing executive, it was a long journey to get it right, stretching out over three years and several different pack proposals.


But it was worth the wait. The patented package—which is exclusive to La Roche-Posay and has been named a finalist in the HBA Global Expo’s coveted IPDA Awards—will be deployed in another launch slated for 2012, according to the company.

Some marketers have taken action to increase recycling rates. Aveda, for example, created its own highly successful recycling program, “Recycle Caps with Aveda,” which works in partnership with community schools. Collected caps are sent to Aveda distribution facilities in California, Minnesota and New York and are delivered to a plastics recycler where they are cleaned, sorted and ground into pellets. The pellets are sent to Aveda’s closure manufacturer where they are molded into new, 100% recycled plastic caps that Aveda uses.


More than 1,600 schools participate in the program, and more than 488,000 lbs. of plastic caps have been collected to date. Initially the 100% recycled caps were used on Vintage Clove Shampoo, a product rolled out in 2008 to celebrate the firm’s 30th anniversary. Currently, the caps are employed on Aveda’s Full Spectrum Hair Color line, a professional line that is among the brand’s top-sellers.


Rather than go it alone, some marketers are partnering with companies that use recycled materials to create new consumer goods and benefit the greater good via charitable donations.


In May, Seventh Generation formed an alliance with Preserve’s“Gimme 5” program, which allows customers to recycle #5 plastic (polypropylene plastic)—a material which some estimate 98% is not normally recycled—by dropping their packages in the Gimme 5 recycling bins found in Whole Foods Markets and other natural food stores across the U.S.Using the #5 plastic, Preserve produces 100% recycled household goods such as tableware and toothbrushes.


Once in the bin, Seventh Generation’s bottle caps, spray bottle heads and baby wipe tubs will be mingling with other #5s, like yogurt containers from Stonyfield Farm and water filters from Brita—not to mention #5 materials from Tom’s of Maine, which is entering its second year of sponsoring the program.


In April, L’Oréal’s Garnier brand created an exclusive partnership with TerraCycle, another company specializing in making consumer products from post-consumer materials.


TerraCycle’s“Brigades” collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste—thinks flip flops, old cell phones, candy wrappers—and ship them (for free) to TerraCycle, which in turn makes a donation for each piece that is collected. Specifically, Garnier is sponsoring the worldwide Personal Care and Beauty Brigade, which will collect a variety of packs including lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eyeshadow cases, shampoo bottles, nail polish, eyeliner pencils, hair gel tubes and hair paste jars.

According to Garnier, it is the first to provide such a comprehensive solution to personal care and beauty packaging waste anywhere in the world, a necessity as some say personal care and beauty products account for one-third of all landfill waste. The brand will accept any personal care maker’s recyclables.


Other household and personal care brands are in the TerraCycle program, including Colgate (which has an oral care brigade accepting toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and plastic toothbrush packaging, and another for Wisp), J&J’s Neosporin. Dropps laundry detergent and most recently, Method. The Method Refill Brigade will collect the brand’s used soap refill packages. To date, more than 1.9 billion pieces of waste have been collected by TerraCycle, which has dolled out more than $2.4 million to schools and non-profits. Yet, a close look at the household and personal care participants shows some brigades have made more progress than others at this point—although many of the alliances arenew, and typically consumers are more in tune with recycling their spent water, soda and juice bottles than household and personal care products.


But experts suggest adding a “human element” to the process may resonate better with reluctant recyclers. They might be more willing to take part when they can see a tangible personal benefit, according Demerit, who cited the success of the Box Tops for Education, a popular program in which consumers collect labels from a wide range of products to earn funds for their local schools.


Suppliers Speak Out


As companies in the household, beauty and personal care continue to assess their packaging and sort through the process, suppliers are fielding more calls for greener materials. And while companies recognize that they need to go greener, material costs can catch firms off guard.


“A lot of companies want to jump on the green bandwagon and want their product and packaging to be green. But a majority of the green packaging use special bio resins that are more expensive than traditional packaging, so they opt out of the green and stay with their current packaging,” commented Jen Brady of Brad-Pak Enterprises.


She suggested that customers can always consider using a PCR packaging component, which often is just slightly more expensive than traditional components that are not as “green.”


For West of Organic Essence, the material is the message in the market.


“Brand managers need to consider that their package sitting on the shelf at the point of purchase is a significant marketing asset, not just another raw material cost. Many brand managers and procurement officers reflexively view marketing as another department’s responsibility—this can be a competitive disadvantage, particularly in this rapidly evolving and competitive environment.”


He suggested looking back to older, existing materials that can deliver protection and ease of use, but have fallen out of favor, or packs that are used by other industries. As examples, West pointed to the once popular paperboard container used for many dry color cosmetic products, and Lush’s use of an ice cream package for some of its hair treatments.


ABA Packaging Corp. reports a resurgence of the glass jars business as a result of the ecological awareness movement. “Glass is produced from a sustainable source and is probably one of the most recycled packaging materials in the industry,” said Michael Warford, national sales manager.


In addition, Warford said ABA’s key manufacturers deliver bottles, jars and other plastic components with recycled content plastic materials, like SR Packaging’s PET bottles and jars with various levels of PCR. In addition, ABA Packaging is the source in North America for OEKAbeauty’s mascara, lipgloss and lipstick packaging products. According to Warford, OEKAbeauty recently introduced a lipstick package as part of their Eco Pak line that is made 100% from polypropylene, including the mechanism.

 

At Preserve’s "Gimme 5" boxes customers can recycle #5 plastic such ascaps, spray bottle heads , yogurt containers and baby wipe tubs. The program is supported by Tom’s of Maine and Seventh Generation.

“The move to polypropylene enhanced the package by making it airtight as well,” Warford concluded.


Mike Sawant, chief marketing officer at The Visual Pak Companies, told Happi that clamshell, blister and club-store customers are changing either to recycled plastic materials or changing their packaging type altogether. Customers are “converting to trapped blisters—a smaller thermoformed blister trapped between two paperboard cards. The trapped blister keeps the pilfer-proof qualities of a sealed clamshell, yet uses less plastic and provides more surface area for graphics,” he said.


To meet this need, Visual Pak has custom built high-volume trapped blister lines, and it leverages internal thermoforming and paperboard-printing facilities to deliver a turnkey product utilizing newly developed sustainable packaging materials.


McKernan Packaging Clearing House sees a solution in pre-cycling or pre-consumer recycling. For more than 50 years, the Reno, NV-based firm has offered the industry a way to buy or sell its obsolete or surplus packaging components instead of “scrapping, regrinding or jamming them into the landfill,” said Tim McKernan. “The added value is that you save and profit from being green and helping the environment.”



Packaging Supplier Directory


Here is a list of packaging suppliers to the beauty, personal care and household products industry. For more information, contact the supplier directly using the information provided.


ABA Packaging Corp.
Holtsville NY (main office and warehouse); Satellite office: Los Angeles, CA
800-443-9799
Email: info@abapackaging.com
Website: www.abapackaging.com
• Established in 1984, ABA Packaging Corp. is a stocking distributor of glass fragrance and treatment bottles/PET bottles, tubes/ glass and plastic jars/plastic wood and metal caps and closures/spray, treatment and lotion pumps/airless and treatment pump packages/rollerballs, mascara, lipgloss and lipstick packages/droppers and more. We provide decorating services.


Gennevilliers,France
33 1 81 93 19 87
Website: www.albea-group.com
• Albea is one of the world’s leading packaging companies providing a wide range of solutions for the makeup, fragrance, skincare, personal and oral care markets. Headquartered in France, Albea employs 9,300 people and operates with 31 manufacturing facilities in 13 different countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Our product portfolio includes plastic and laminate tubes, mascaras, lipsticks, lip glosses, compacts, plastic closures and shells, spray-caps, jars, lids, cosmetic accessories, bags and promotional items and full service.

Aptar Beauty + Home
Stratford, CT
203-377-8100
Email: infobh.gbl@aptar.com
Website: www.aptar.com
• Aptar Beauty + Home creates innovative dispensing systems for fragrance, cosmetic, personal care and household product marketers. With a wide range of dispensing solutions and a broad geographic presence, we help our customers stay ahead of the ever-changing demands of consumers around the globe.

Arkay Packaging
New York, NY
631-273-2000
Email: info@arkay.com
Website: www.arkay.com
• One of the world’s premiere folding carton companies for 89 years, Arkay provides top global cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies with highly creative, cost-effective and eco-friendly packaging solutions. Using the most advanced cutting-edge technologies in the business and working with a palette of decorative special effects, Arkay partners with designers to meet any visual challenge.


Brad-Pak Enterprises, Inc.
Garwood, NJ
908-233-1234
Email: info@brad-pak.com
Website: www.brad-pak.com
• Brad-Pak Enterprises, Inc. is a full service distributor of glass, plastic and aluminum containers, closures, pumps and numerous other items that can be used to showcase your products. Also offered are decorating/frosting and package engineering services. With an extensive knowledge of the cosmetic, fragrance, chemical, aromatherapy and personal care markets, Brad-Pak can help you select the package that is right for your product or market niche.


Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company
Chicago, IL
773-283-9500
Email: sales@chicagopapertube.com
Website: www.chicagopapertube.com
• Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company is a leading manufacturer of custom, high-end, round paperboard containers exclusively manufactured in the U.S. Headquartered in Chicago since 1898, we provide sustainable packaging for designer brands within a diverse group of industries, including health and beauty, home care and gourmet foods.


Condensa S.A.
Santiago, Chile
56-2-519 5711
Email: matias.levit@condensa.cl
Website: www.condensa.cl
• Aluminium packaging manufacturer for the small- to large-sized company, with more than 35 years of experience in the aerosol and aluminium packaging industry. Specialized in the cosmetic and personal care industries and currently supplying the leading brands and the main contract fillers of the industry. ISO 9001:2008 certificated. F.E.A. regulations: European Federation of Aerosols.

Cosmogen Inc
New York, NY
201-218-8586 (Serene Seebol, cell)
Email: sseebol@cosmogen-inc.com
Website: www.cosmogen.fr
• Cosmogen has 30 years of experience as a cosmetic packaging company resulting in five years of expertise with the Squeeze Range Tubes. It designs and develops professional brushes, brushpens and tubes to clients’ expectations. Its expertise combines both containing and applying functionalities that enhance the cosmetic category. Cosmogen is a pioneer in the design, development and production of cosmetic packaging.

CoValenceLaboratories
Chandler, AZ
480-897-0551
Email: customerservice@covalence.com
Website: www.covalence.com
• CoValence Laboratories is a NOP Certified, FDA and cGMP registered contract and private label manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in the professional and retail skin care industry. We have been a prominent leader and driving force in the global skin care industry.

Dapy USA
New York, NY
646-393-4717 x1
Email: davidjacquet@Dapyparis.com
Website: www.dapyparis.com
• Since 1980, Dapy Paris is a turnkey manufacturer of plastic injected molded packaging, folded boxes, vacuum formed platforms, set up boxes (cardboard, metal and/or wood), sleeves, backer cards and labels. As each product is unique, our approach is based on an in-depth study of your environment and your objectives to provide creative solutions that are carefully customized to your individual needs.


Diamond Packaging
Rochester, NY
800-333-4079
Email: sales@diamondpkg.com
Website: www.diamondpackaging.com, www.diamondpackaging.com/green
• Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, Diamond Packaging is a 100% women-owned, WBENC-certified company specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions for the personal care (cosmetics and skin care, fragrance, hair care), health care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and food and confectionery industries.
Diamond differentiates itself through innovative design, technical expertise, Diamond’s greenbox sustainability initiative, contract packaging services and its Global Packaging Alliance (GPA).


DISC Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
631-234-1400
Fax: 631-234-1460
Website: www.discgraphics.com
Contact:John Rebecchi, SVP, marketing & business development
Email: sales@discgraphics.com
• DISC has been a leading resource in packaging and print for the beauty, personal care and consumer products industries for more than 20 years.
We produce paperboard and plastic folding cartons, award winning specialty packaging, digital, offset and flexo printing, pressure-sensitive labels and have in house foil stamping and specialty finishing operations.


Express Tubes
Kent, WA
800-365-4080
Email (for customer inquiries):
Info@expresstubes.com
Website: www.expresstubes.com
• Express Tubes has been producing anywhere from 5,000 to 5 million tubes to clients worldwide since 2003 and is now producing bottles, jars, aluminum cans, shrink sleeves and more. Our excellent customer service, high quality products, competitive pricing and quick lead times make us the experts in custom packaging.


Fusion Packaging
Dallas, TX (Corporate Headquarters)
New York, Los Angeles, Zhejiang, China
214-747-2004, 866-587-1152
Email: sales@fusionpkg.com
Website: www.fusionpkg.com
• Fusion Packaging, a global leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution of skin care and cosmetics packaging, is a dynamic, collaborative company that understands the unique needs of product brands and the consumers they serve. Many of the world’s most recognized beauty companies have come to rely on Fusion’s innovation and expertise for their packaging needs.


Glenroy, Inc.
Menomonee Falls, WI
800-824-1482
Email: info@glenroy.com
Website: www.glenroy.com
• Manufacturer of flexible packaging film for a wide array of products, including liquids, creams, lotions, balms, powders, towelettes and more. Glenroy’s value-added flexible packaging will provide you with consistent quality, environmental benefits, customized packaging solutions and the lowest cost of use. Glenroy’s quality flexible packaging films are enhanced with award-winning flexographic printing.


Global Packaging Inc.
Brea, CA
949-500-1601
Email: stevegallo@globalpack.biz
Website: www.globalpack.biz
• Global Packaging Inc. is a manufacturer of plastic tubes and aluminum and plastic barrier laminate tubes in rounds, ovals and super-flat ovals and new airless PE tubes and PCR tubes. Offering high-end decorating in offset, silk screening and hot stamping of tubes and closures, with a wide variety of applicator tips and closures. Offering quick turn-around, competitive pricing and low minimums. In addition, we are a supplier of luxury jars and bottles.


HCT Packaging Inc.
Bridgewater, NJ
908-203 8610
Email: hct@hctusa.com
Website: www.hctpackaging.com
• HCT Group possesses the world’s most comprehensive range of plastic, metal and carton board packaging and our stock packaging portfolio expands year on year. Unparalleled expertise in trend analysis, design and engineering, together with our pilot and tooling capabilities allow us to fast track your developments from concept to customer ahead of the competition.


HLP Klearfold
New York, NY
888-457-7225
Email: info@hlpklearfold.com
Website: www.hlpklearfold.com
• HLP Klearfold is a clear packaging specialist. We are the world’s largest and most experienced producer of plastic folding cartons and a leading supplier of tubes, rounds and custom thermoforming. Our clear packaging is innovative, functional, creates strong visual impressions and helps to unlock a brand’s potential.


Identipak, Inc
McAllen, TX
956-630-4403
Email: sales@identipak.com
Website: www.identipak.com
• Sampling is our business. We have been creating new and innovative product samples for various industries (i.e. personal care, cosmetic, etc.) for over 18 years. We uphold the highest standards of quality and care, as well as green practices in our manufacturing. We offer sampling solutions that reach millions of consumers and turns them into loyal customers. So when you combine our impeccable quality, innovation, competitive pricing, stylistic design and packaging with our experience, you get what we call “Smart Sampling.”


Inoac Packaging Group Inc.
Bardstown, KY
502-348-5159
Email: info@inoacusa.con
Website: www.inoacusa.com
• Packaging Group is a renowned global manufacturer of quality heavy-wall PET bottles and jars for some of the world’s most prestigious cosmetic companies. Inoac creates innovative packages for customers worldwide by combining the aesthetics of shape and color with the practicality of state-of-the-art technology and one-stop-shop manufacturing.


James Alexander Corporation
Blairstown, NJ
908-362-9266
Email:
Carol_gamsby@james-alexander.com
Website: www.james-alexander.com
• James Alexander is a custom filler contract packager of single-use glass and plastic ampoules. Our patented plastic ampoule has various tips, droppers, foam heads, angled and flat. Also available in any pantone color. Our glass ampoules go into our swab, inhalant and dropper packages.


Jerhel Plastics, Inc.
Bayonne, NJ
201-436-6662
Email: dfobox@gmail.com
Website: http://jerhel.com
• Jerhel Plastics, Inc. is a woman-owned business that was founded in 1986. We serve the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries with high quality injection and blow molded packaging as well as turnkey solutions.


JSN Cosmetic Packaging
Irvine, CA
949-458-0050
Email: info@jsn.com
Website: www.jsn.com
• JSN is an established West Coast manufacturer of plasticsqueeze tubes and custom injection molded products, primarilyserving the personal care and cosmetic markets. JSN manufactures tubes in LDPE, MDPE and HDPE materials, with in-house decorating services, including eight-color offset printing, silkscreening, labeling and foil stamping.


Kaufman Container
Cleveland, OH
800-824-4119
Email: sales@kaufmancontainer.com
Website: www.kaufmancontainer.com
• Package development and project management. State-of-the-art decoration including screen printing, hot stamping, and labeling. Glass, plastic and metal bottles, containers, tubes, jars, closures, cans, dispensing systems and more. Stock or custom options. One stop for your every packaging need.


Knoll Printing & Packaging, Inc.
Syosset, NY
516-621-0100
Email: info@knollpack.com
Website:www.knollpack.com
• Knoll Packaging designs innovative and creative packaging for demanding global brands. We manufacture uniquely shaped boxes that are highly decorated for luxury goods, with a focus on the spirits and cosmetic industries. Our depth of experience and understanding of production make these complex and intriguing designs achievable.


Lerman Container
Naugatuck, CT
800-453-7626
Email: sales@lermancontainer.com
Website: www.lermaincontainer.com
• Lerman Container is your trusted procurement partner for end-to-end packaging solutions, with the added convenience of in-house manufacturing, on-demand inventory and decorating capabilities. Your one-stop source for packaging components including plastic and glass bottles and jars, plastic and metal closures and sprayers and more!


LF of America Corp.
Hollywood, FL
954-963-6226
Email: info@LFofAmerica.com
Website: www.LFofAmerica.com
• Unit-dose and multi-dose plastic containers for the health and beauty industry. Ampoules in strip of five; unique wand tubes with silicone applicators; unique bellows containers. Specialized filling services.


Lombardi Design Manufacturing
Freeport, NY
516-546-4400
Email: info@lombardi.cc
Website: www.lombardi.cc
• Providing a molding resource to transform ideas into tangible commodities, our aim is to ensure the process be simple and the experience be positive. Proven that our direction results in the making of the highest quality finished product. We pride ourselves on working closely with each client to produce the most efficient product.


Maesa
New York, NY
212-674-5555
Email: Packaging-us@maesa.com,
Beauty-us@maesa.com
Website:www.maesa.com
• Maesa Divisions: Packaging, Beauty and Home—Designs, engineers and manufactures creative packaging components, promotional products, turnkey beauty and home fragrance products for leading retailers and brands. Maesa Studio—Brand identity, industrial design, package design, graphic design and comp creation.


McKernan Packaging Clearing House
Reno, NV
800-SURPLUS
Email: surplus@mckernan.com
Website: www.mckernan.com
• Whenever you have unwanted, obsolete or surplus packaging inventory, McKernan Packaging Clearing House is your opportunity to maximize profits. We are an environmentally responsible and profitable solution to scrapping or traditional recycling. When you need to clear inventory in a short period, call MPCH.


MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV)
Richmond, VA
804-444-1000
Email: packaging@mwv.com
Website: www.mwv.com
• MWV is a global leader in consumer packaging and offers end-to-end capabilities in dispensing systems and packaging solutions for beauty and personal care, home and garden, and many other markets.
MWV brings a unique understanding of consumer insights and materials expertise to create differentiated, quality packaging for the world’s most admired brands.


Neopac
Millington, NJ
973-670-8367
Email: richard.misdom@neopac.com
Website: www.neopac.com
• Neopac is the worldwide specialist for development and production of Polyfoil high barrier tubes. We are a leading tube provider in the premium segments of the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and dental industries for capacities from 1ml to 300 ml. Our tubes enhance your product’s image with outstanding quality, safety and aesthetics.


New High Glass, Inc.
Miami, FL
305-232-0840
E-mail: sales@newhigh.com
Website: www.newhigh.com
•With 30 years of providing quality glass and plastic packaging for cosmetics, fragrance, nail care and other industries, NHG has the products and experience to be your packaging supplier.


O.Berk Company
Union, NJ
908-851-9500
Email: info@oberk.com
Website: www.oberk.com
• O.Berk Company, with four locations on the East Coast, provides complete packaging services and solutions to the beauty/personal care, pharmaceutical/healthcare, food/ beverage and household/industrial markets, with stock and custom plastic and glass containers, caps, pumps, sprayers, along with labeling and decorating services.


Paris Art Label Co., Inc.
Patchogue, NY
631-648-6200
Email: sales@parisartlabel.com
Website: www.Parisartlabel.com
• Paris Art Label is one of the oldest label manufacturers in the U.S. specializing in silk screening, 4 color process, extended content labels, hot stamping, embossing, hang tags, shrink sleeves and also assembly and fullfillment through TAL. Please contact us for any of your labeling/assembly/and application needs.

Pearce Plastics, Inc.

Pasadena, CA
626-797-8481
Website: www.pearceplastics.com, www.ventingcaps.com
• Pearce Plastics manufactures caps and jars and specializes in vented technology for containers that need venting. All of our products are manufactured using Pantone Matching System colors in small and medium sized runs. We also have specialized colors called Cyber Colors.


Headquarters: Beverly Hills, CA
310-205-9038
Fax: 310.205.9147
East Coast Sales Office: Somerset, NJ
732-560-9337
Fax: 732-560-9448
Showroom: New York, NY
212-965-0112
Fax: 212-965-0112
Email: sales@pkggroup.com
Website: www.pkggroup.com
• PKG Group is a well-known and established industry leader supplying complete packaging solutions for the cosmetic, beauty, skin care and personal care industries. PKG Group, LLC offers standard and custom airless packaging, LuxeFoil and PE standard and airless tubes through their exclusive representation of Yonwoo Korea in the Americas. PKG Group, LLC is your global source for standard and custom injection molded compacts, closures, heavy wall jars, injection blow and stretch blow heavyweight bottles as well as custom and stock designs for glass. PKG Group consistently strives to meet the needs of our customers and set new standards for high quality dispensing solutions and consumer use applications. PKG Group has an expert staff of sales, service, QA, industrial design and engineering professionals to help you realize your product and brand initiatives. Let the power of the group work for you.


Prime Label & Screen, Inc.
Pewaukee, WI
262-542-1600
Email: sales@primels.com
Website: www.primels.com
• Prime Label & Screen specializes in flexible packaging and innovative resealable closures for a large variety of products including household, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications.


Qosmedix
Edgewood, NY
631-242-3270
Email: info@qosmedix.com
Website: www.qosmedix.com
• Qosmedix is a certified global supplier to the cosmetic and skin care industries. Founded on the concept of maintaining hygienic practices during beauty consultations, the company has expanded to provide an array of quality products that offer convenience and value including brushes, swabs, applicators, disposable spa wear, jars, bottles and more.


Rexam Closures
Perrysburg, OH
800-537-0735
Email: closures.info@rexam.com
Website: www.rexam.com/closures
• Personal care plastic packaging supplier of one of the industry’s largest lines of double wall, single wall, expanded, and heavy wall jars; high end thermoset, continuous thread, tamper-evident, dispensing and child-resistant closures. Decoration options available. Contact 1-800-537-0735 or closures.info@rexam.com.


SGD North America, Inc.
New York, NY
212-753-4200
Email: Sheherazade.chamlou@sgdgroup.com
Website: www.sgdgroup.com
• SGD is the world leader in specialty glass packaging, offering glass production and in-house decoration, including spraying, screening, hot stamping, acid etching and gluing at our U.S. facilities in Georgia. SGD also offers an extensive range of stock fragrance and cosmetic bottles “La Collection” which can be customized to achieve your creative dreams.


Stull Technologies
Somerset, NJ
732-873-5000
Email: info@stulltech.com
Website: www.stulltech.com
• Stull Technologies is a worldwide leader in design, development, and manufacturing of innovative dispensing closures, caps, lids and packaging components. Stull will work with you on every phase of your project from conception to mass production. Our team provides ongoing support that combines cutting edge packaging solutions with improved speed-to-market processing.


Taiki USA
Montvale, NJ
201-507-0555
Email: inquiry@taikiusa.net
Website: www.taikiusabeauty.com
• For over 50 years, Taiki Group has provided solutions for application challenges for the largest beauty brands in the world. Taiki specializes in the art and science of makeup and skin care application—beauty tools, beauty dispensers and beauty products.


Taplast USA
Willowbrook, IL
630-986-0343
Email: alexp@taplast.com
Website: www.taplast.com
• Global manufacturer of innovative dispensing systems, including lotion pumps, spray pumps, foamer pumps and a wide variety of unique dispensing closures.


Unit Pack Co., Inc.
Cedar Grove, NJ
973-239-4112
Email: info@unitpack.com
Website: www.unitpack.com
• Unit Pack produces flexible unit of use pillow pouches in any size from .5ml through 30ml. Hot-stamped decorated packs are available in clear or white. Unit Packs are manufactured with fully recyclable materials. Unit Pack is an FDA inspected and certified organic facility. All GMPs are in place.


Verla International, Ltd.
New Windsor, NY
845-561-2440
E-mail: April@VerlaInternational.com
Website: www.VerlaInternational.com
• Private label manufacturer and contract packaging filling company, over 100 lines for nail polish, color cosmetics, skin care, fragrance and scrubs. Packaging library offers over 60,000 options. Full service and turnkey options.


The Visual Pak Companies
Waukegan, IL
877-689-0001
Email: sales@visualpak.com
Website: www.visualpak.com
• Your single source for contract manufacturing and packaging solutions—liquid blending and filling; blisters, clamshells, trays and custom thermoforming; printed paperboard, blister cards, chip and folding cartons; secondary packaging, cartoning, blister sealing, steam shrink sleeving, multi-pack banding and shrink wrapping; and warehouse, distribution, fulfillment and logistics.


VPI
Clifton, NJ
Showroom: New York, NY
973-235-9030
Email: Sales@vpipackaging.com
Website: www.vpipackaging.com
• ”Vision-Packaging-Innovation”-VPI provides innovative custom and stock packaging solutions to the personal care and beauty markets. Core competencies include custom bottles and jars in standard and heavy wall PETE. Airless dispensing systems. In house design. “Turn key” solutions in makeup, skin care, fragrance and promotional categories.


Wormser Corporation
Englewood, NJ
201-627-1000
Email: sales@wormsercorp.com
Website:www.wormsercorp.com
• Wormser Corporation specializes in importing cosmetic and personal care packaging and products worldwide. We develop custom solutions utilizing our factories in China to achieve best results in price and quality. Our goal is to share our expertise with you and create products for every aspect of your production cycle.


World Wide Packaging, LLC
Florham Park, NJ
973-805-6500
Email: sales@wwpinc.com
Website: www.wwpinc.com
• Since 1980, World Wide Packaging (WWP) has supplied the cosmetics and skin care industries with a complete range of components, as well as custom and stock molding for primary packaging, new plastic tube innovations, and contract manufacturing capabilities.
World Wide Packaging is now offering formulation and filling services in its state-of-the-art facility. Appealing to the luxury, mass and teen markets, all of our products are backed by dependable service and competitive pricing.
 

 


 


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