Today, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment jointly issued the opinions on further strengthening plastic pollution control (hereinafter referred to as the opinions), which not only clearly divided the scope of plastic prohibition and plastic restriction, but also strictly stipulated the implementation period.
▍ intercepted from the official website of the national development and Reform Commission
In the tide of controlling plastic pollution, how should the cosmetics packaging industry deal with it?
Plastic pollution control affects daily chemical industry
According to the opinions, the main objectives of controlling plastic pollution are: "By 2020, we will take the lead in banning and restricting the production, sales and use of some plastic products in some regions and fields. By 2022, the consumption of disposable plastic products will be significantly reduced, alternative products will be promoted, and the proportion of plastic waste recycling and energy utilization will be greatly increased; a new trend will be formed in the areas with prominent plastic pollution problems and emerging fields such as e-commerce, express delivery and takeout By 2025, the management system for the production, circulation, consumption, recycling and disposal of plastic products will be basically established, the multi governance system will be basically formed, the development and application level of alternative products will be further improved, the amount of plastic waste landfilling in key cities will be greatly reduced, and the plastic pollution will be effectively controlled. "
It is worth noting that the opinions The production and sale of plastic products prohibited in China include ultra-thin plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than 0.025 mm and polyethylene agricultural mulch with a thickness of less than 0.01 mm. At the same time, it is also prohibited to manufacture plastic products with medical waste as raw materials and completely prohibit the import of waste plastics. By the end of 2020, the production and sale of disposable foamed plastic tableware and disposable plastic cotton swabs shall be prohibited; and the production of plastic products containing Daily chemical products containing plastic beads. By the end of 2022, the sale of daily chemical products containing plastic beads will be prohibited.
In addition, prohibited and restricted plastic products include non degradable plastic bags; disposable plastic tableware; disposable plastic products for hotels and hotels; Express plastic packaging.
The relevant person in charge of Shanghai Chengfeng Enterprise Development Co., Ltd. told Qingyan that the opinions issued this time is similar to the upgraded plastic restriction order. The bulk of the cosmetics packaging industry is the bottle body. At present, there are acrylic bottles, glass bottles and injection molding bottles in the market, which has a certain impact on injection molding bottles. However, the market itself has the ability of inclusiveness and adjustment. On the whole, the opinions It will not cause too much fluctuation to the cosmetics industry.
Zhang Taijun, R & D director of Quanzhi skin and Biotechnology Research Institute, said that the plastic limit in the Opinions refers to the thickness of the film bag, so it has little impact on the plastic packaging of cosmetics, but "the production of daily chemical products containing plastic beads is prohibited" It will affect the field of daily chemicals, especially in cosmetics. The skin feeling improvers used in many products, including loose powder, contain plastic beads (see "this ban will take effect after 19 days, and more than 50% of cosmetics will be affected").
Reduce plastic and realize recyclable packaging
Since plastics were used in the commercial field in the 1930s and 1940s, they have become popular with their convenient and reliable performance. According to statistics, by 2018, humans had produced 8.3 billion tons of plastic products, about 6.3 billion tons had been discarded, of which 79% of the waste plastics entered the landfill or natural environment, and only 9% were recycled.
It is worth noting that the largest market for plastic applications is the packaging industry. Many daily chemical packaging materials are discarded immediately from the beginning of design, and the service life is generally less than 6 months. Today, nearly half of the waste plastics produced in the world are packaging plastic waste.
In the field of daily chemicals, it has become a top priority to use packaging that meets the market demand.
Last October, L'Oreal Group launched the first paper-based cosmetic tubular packaging, saying that this new technology aims to reduce the use of plastic packaging in the industry. The new packaging is expected to be put into industrial production in the second quarter of 2020 and 100% environmental protection packaging will be realized by the end of 2020. Not only that, L'Oreal's Keyan brand also launched an empty bottle recycling plan and announced its opening China's first empty bottle recycling project of skin care products is launched. It is expected to recycle 500000 empty bottles within three years, and then create desks and chairs, plastic runways, etc. to support public welfare.
Environmentally friendly packaging is the general trend. Unilever also announced a "plastic reduction" statement, hoping to reduce the total use of plastic packaging of various brands of the group and promote the development of circular economy of plastic products. In addition, P & G has also established a non-profit organization "end plastic waste alliance" with several major daily chemical companies to alleviate the serious pollution of plastic waste to the sea.
Domestic beauty products are in line with "environmental protection", and paper packaging has great prospects
Compared with European and American countries with mature environmental protection concept, domestic consumers' awareness of environmental protection and sustainability is in the stage of innovation and growth. In the future, more and more domestic consumers will take "environmental friendliness" as an important factor to weigh the purchase of cosmetics.
At present, some domestic cosmetics companies have begun to try to participate in environmental protection actions, advocate public welfare undertakings, and convey the brand attitude of green environmental protection to consumers. For example, nature hall, together with the China Environmental Protection Foundation of the Ministry of environmental protection, has established the "Himalayan environmental protection public welfare fund" , we are committed to the protective development of Himalayan natural resources and the coordinated and sustainable development of production and ecology.