The latest edition of Cosmoprof Bologna, with over 250,000 visitors from all over the world, has shown that the beauty industry has finally left behind the dark months of the pandemic and is ready to face new challenges. On the packaging front, Cosmopack has seen sustainability take center stage, with refillable solutions and 'zero waste' proposals that focus on recycling and the use of biologically sourced or biodegradable materials, demonstrating that this is the real challenge - as well as the testing ground - for companies. While consumers are increasingly drawn towards brands that prioritize sustainability and are more attentive to greenwashing, all players in the supply chain require concrete responses and a rethinking of products from a circular economy perspective. To achieve 'zero waste beauty', the entire product life cycle needs to be considered, and design must be studied with the goal of minimizing waste along the entire supply chain, without forgetting about functionality, aesthetics, and practicality, which are driving factors of demand.




In the realm of sustainability, increasing attention is being paid to dispensers and accessories. Dispensers, sprays, droppers, and pumps are at the forefront of a revamping focused on reducing their environmental impact. Lumson's latest offerings, such as the new Eco Dropper, fully embody this trend.


Eco Dropper is part of the eco-conscious beauty movement promoting responsible, sustainable, and conscious consumption. Lumson wants to do its part in "guiding the consumer towards responsible use of resources and towards more informed and responsible recycling behavior." Eco Dropper aims to combine technical function, performance, and ease of use with environmental considerations. The dropper is made from a single material to facilitate end-of-life recycling, but it still maintains the same performance and ease of use as traditional droppers. The collar and stem are made of PP, while the dropper bulb is made from polyolefins, a special elastomer compatible with PP's recycling chain. This simplifies recycling once the product has been used up, as all components can be recycled along the same chain. For 100% sustainable packaging, Eco Dropper can be paired with PCR glass bottles.


SPICE analysis confirms the sustainability of this innovation. Comparing a standard dropper with a TPE dropper bulb, UREA collar, and glass stem to the new single-material dropper, the CO2 emissions for the latter are 29% lower, while the aggregate single score is -39%.




Another solution that embodies the new trend of sustainability and represents one of the most innovative packaging options launched on the market in recent years is XPaper, the fully recyclable (FSC) airless packaging made from paper, designed by Lumson S.p.A in collaboration with Pusterla 1880. An expression of eco-design, it combines airless technology with a multilayer pouch that ensures maximum integrity of the formula (skincare or makeup) contained inside. Recycling is effortless! Once the product is finished, the paper bottle and plastic pump can be easily separated and recycled using the appropriate recycling chain.


Customizable according to the brand's desires and identity, this airless solution also stands out due to its high level of sustainability. The numbers speak for themselves: comparing a 50ml XPaper airless to a PET airless of the same size results in a 50% weight reduction, a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions during manufacturing, and a 47% reduction in plastic usage*.


*According to a SPICE analysis comparing a 50 ml XPaper airless and a Lumson PET airless of the same size, the aggregate single score was -65% and -92% for the use of resources, minerals, and metals.