Airless packaging combines an airless pump with a bottle, jar or tube. Its use is on the rise, experts say. Analysts at Grand View Research report an “expedited demand.” The latest report by Research and Markets says the Global Airless Packaging market accounted for $4.3 billion in 2017—and is expected to reach $7.7 billion, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% by 2026.
Skincare brands are fueling the demand for airless packaging, according to reports. “A rising number of organic skincare brands over the coming years is expected to contribute to market growth, as well as a growing preference for convenient packaging,” one forecast states.
Because there are many considerations when it comes to choosing the right packaging for a beauty formulation. The active ingredient lifespan of some products simply won’t survive a standard package that’s repeatedly unsealed, dipped into and resealed for access and application. And sensitive ingredients that are especially prone to degradation need packaging that will protect their integrity, shielding them from the potentially damaging effects of repeated exposure to light and air.
Airless packaging often looks high-tech and stylish, with sleek ergonomically designed pumps, which are convenient for dispensing skincare and cosmetics. Airless dispensing systems are also often essential to protect a formula. They’re engineered to keep active ingredients potent and natural formulations safe.
However, at present, every aspect of the beauty industry has been impacted by the demand for environmental accountability. Airless packaging providers are rising to the challenge with new innovations in refillable configurations and improved material choices.
Some men’s skincare brand tapped UKPack Packaging to provide an airless package that contained 50% post-consumer resin (PCR). UKPACK is also in talks with the brand to provide another airless packaging solution that can contain more than 70% PCR. UKPack Packaging offers airless packages ranging from 5- to 1000ml in a variety of shapes and sizes including mono-material packages as well as refillable options. Ukpack can also incorporate PCR into most airless packages.
In addition, Ukpack launched PP mono airless options and has been working to develop new packages for its brand customers.
Meanwhile, metal-free airless packaging, replacing the usual metal springs found in traditional airless pumps to offer a mono-material airless pump, which allows for easy recyclability for consumers.
Although bottles are most often chosen for skincare products that require airless packaging, airless tubes are a great alternative. They allow a brand to save on costs while the product still benefits from having full airless functionality in the package. Airless jars are also more hygienic than standard jars, and easy to clean after use.
Airless packaging ensures a formula is never in contact with air, until the moment it is used, [and] makes it ideal for protecting products from external contamination.
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