Some packaging companies have been misled into the trap of "degradation", believing that the use of degradable materials is environmentally friendly. However, scientific experiments have proved that this cognition ignores the material cycle after degradation. The first is the object of degradation.
Paper and plastic are the targets of degradation, and the decorative elements on packaging, such as ink, are also targets of degradation. The second is whether the degraded residues pollute the environment and whether there are safety hazards. After the packaging is degraded, the visible tangible packaging becomes an invisible molecule, which is not the end of degradation.
The degraded residue can enter the ecosystem normally without causing harm to human health and the natural environment, and the degradation is truly completed. If tested, the heavy metal substances in the ink will pollute the soil and water after degradation, and the degradation needs to continue.
Currently, cosmetic packaging is mostly paper products and plastic products. The raw materials of the former are trees and the raw materials of the latter are petrochemical products. Relatively speaking, paper packaging is easy to degrade, plastic packaging will cause a lot of white pollution, and it is not easy to degrade after recycling. Papermaking cuts down a tree to plant a tree without reducing forest coverage.
The conclusion is that paper packaging is more environmentally friendly. But the data shows that this result is not true. In terms of global forest coverage, Japan is about 67%, Germany is about 30%, the United States is about 33%, and China is only 16.5%. Europe, the United States and Japan have high forest coverage rates, small populations, and high per capita forest coverage. Cutting one tree to plant one tree will not affect the ecological environment. However, my country's forest coverage rate is low and the population base is large.
Most people simply equate packaging reduction with material reduction, but in fact, packaging reduction also includes reducing production processes, reducing energy consumption, reducing pollution, using less printing, and reducing the impact of ink and glue on the human body and the environment. Damage and pollution.
It should be particularly emphasized that the components of the adhesive or solvent chemicals are mostly organic chemicals, which are very harmful to the environment and the health of workers: acrylonitrile and ethyl acrylate in the glue are suspicious human carcinogens; Or inhaling high concentrations of mixed aromatic solvents and gasoline vapors, pulmonary edema may occur; inhaling liquid benzene or xylene, pulmonary edema, chemical local acute pneumonia, and bleeding may increase.
Misunderstandings are a labyrinth on the road to promote green, healthy and environmentally friendly cosmetic packaging. A company strayed into the labyrinth is equivalent to passing by the general trend of the industry. It is the consumers and the market that are missing. The full life cycle of green cosmetics includes greening the source of materials, greening the production process, greening the recycling system, and greening the waste. This is also the necessary path for the greening of cosmetic packaging.