The move towards plastic-free packaged personal care products is more focused during Plastic Free July

Latest News Calendar Date 04/07/2022
The move towards plastic-free packaged personal care products is more focused during Plastic Free July

As Plastic Free July begins around the world, the business continues to use its unique insight and expertise to help personal care brands and manufacturers address the problem of plastic pollution. We’ve increased support for customers and their eco goals by improving production, featuring less packaging, and leading the way on the eco-innovation front.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that aims to unite and educate about the effects of single-use plastics and how to get by living without them. Using a range of collective resources and determination, the movement advocates working together to make our communities cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable.

We’ve successfully launched our first solid conditioning bar in the past two years. In addition to our established melt and pour range, the bar is a ready-made solid conditioner base designed to help consumers reduce plastic containers and use less water during hair washing.

Earlier this year, we also launched Syndopour 200-MB, a revolutionary syndet melt and pour base. Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil  (RSPO) certified, the syndet base is ultra-mild and 100% soap-free, dermatologically tested to give formulators and manufacturers the ability to create a variety of mild, pH-balanced hair, body, and facial bars. The innovative product is designed to help consumers conserve water and reduce their carbon footprint. Requiring less water as part of its formulation, resultant bars are kinder for the environment and last longer than liquid soaps, reducing the need for single-use plastic packaging. The original solid-state further reduces environmental impact, being more accessible to store and transport than liquid soap formats.

Our recently appointed sustainability manager, Marie Maisonnette, has had a significant impact on helping us to understand the environmental effects and how our processes can change how our products are formulated and manufactured to impact the planet positively.

“Plastic Free July serves as an environmental reminder that everyone can make a positive difference by examining buying habits and considering how best to stamp out unnecessary waste at home. The bathroom is a great place to start. Beauty products often contain or come packaged in single-use plastics, but many sustainable alternatives are available.”

“Solid format personal care products such as shampoos and naked shower gels are growing in popularity yearly, mainly due to increasing consumer awareness and changing preferences for more natural and plastic-free personal care products. With this as a motivating factor, consumers seek to stop buying packaged shower gels and go for plastic-free alternatives like bar soaps and recyclable pouches.

“Reusable dispensers and refill packs are crucial in the battle against single-use plastic. Beauty brands are increasingly switching to reusable dispensers and refill packs of body wash, hand wash, shampoo, and conditioners.”

Sustainability Manager, Marie Maisonnette

A decade ago, Stephenson became the first manufacturer in the world to launch a Melt & Pour soap base made using 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm and palm kernel oils.

The past five years have seen consumers noticeably more conscious of their environmental impact. There has been a significant shift in consumer habits to help reduce waste, prevent global warming, and further damage the planet.  To reduce their carbon footprint, personal care brands are increasingly turning to concentrated and waterless products to help minimise environmental impact.

“Sustainability continues to be a key business driver for Stephenson as consumers continue to consider ways to limit their plastic packaging use and conserve water. Plastic Free July provides the perfect opportunity to work closely with customers across the personal care sector and consumers to remind them of their and our collective responsibilities.

Sustainability Manager, Marie Maisonnette

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