23 Juli 2012

Cardia Bioplastics: World first for skin care industry

Biodegradable cotton facial wipes - packaging made by Cardia’s renewable and recyclable Biohybrid™ resin

BildCardia Bioplastics and emerging organic skincare company, ECOCARE™, have partnered to produce a world first in the skin care industry – eco-friendly facial wipes enclosed in eco-friendly packaging. The biodegradable facial wipes are made from 100% natural certified organic cotton. The packaging incorporates Cardia’s renewable and recyclable Biohybrid™ resin which is derived from renewable resources. The resulting ‘green’ combination has a significantly lower carbon footprint than its competitors.

“There is a growing trend for companies to look at ways to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment,” said Dr Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia Bioplastics.

“Product packaging is a good place to start.

“Our thermoplastic starch resins have a high renewable content – when they are incorporated into standard packaging or plastic products, the carbon footprint is reduced by up to 50 per cent,” said Dr Glatz.

“ECOCARE™ has built its business on environment-friendly products and we are proud to partner with them to develop packaging solutions that align with this philosophy.

“We hope that others in the consumer healthcare and beauty industry will follow the company’s lead and seek out sustainable packaging solutions,” said Dr Glatz.

Cardia’s Biohybrid™ resins combine renewable thermoplastics with oil-based polymer material to reduce dependence on finite oil resources and to reduce carbon footprint. The renewable material is derived from non-genetically modified corn crop grown for industrial use. Furthermore, they are compatible with current plastic recycling processes, are food safe compliant and have official Halal Certification.

Callan Taylor, Marketing Director of ECOCARE™, said: “Environmental sustainability is engrained in the ECOCARE™ business model, and our range of skin care wipes have been built around this philosophy.

“We are looking forward to working with Cardia to access environmentally-friendly and renewable packaging that complements our products and our principles,” Mr Taylor said.

“Globally, we will be the first manufacturer of organic wet wipes to use renewable packaging solutions. It is a huge coup for us and offers strong product differentiation.”

The wipes can be purchased for $7.99 in various retail outlets across Australia and we will look to sell the product overseas in the coming months. They are also available online at www.ecocarenatural.com.

Source: Cardia Bioplastics, press release, 2012-07-23.

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