France-based and 100% family owned, Sarbec Cosmetics has gained a reputation for producing care products made from natural or certified organic ingredients that respect the environment. Already, its Corine de Farme brand of wipes are made of 100% natural and biodegradable fibres and a goal for 2021 was to further improve the environmental impact of its products, including the packaging.
“By the end of 2021, all our bottles will be manufactured without any virgin plastic, using instead 100% post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) or biosourced plastic,” said Eric Jacquemet, the CEO of Sarbec Laboratories.
The company has teamed up with LyondellBasell on the design of a bottle made from a PE from LyondellBasell’s CirculenRenew portfolio. These polymers are produced with renewable feedstock from bio-based sources such as used cooking oil, using a mass balance approach. The carbon footprint of the new bottle is 75% smaller than a bottle based on fossil-based PE plastics. The bottles have been available since the beginning of 2021.
"Eco-design is part of the DNA of SarbecLaboratories,” said Jacquemet. He mentioned that as early as 2011, the company was already developing its own moulds to manufacture bottles in recyclable PE or PET for its own brand as well as for customers. The bottles were manufactured in the production workshop, thus avoiding the need to transport empty bottles. “Today, we are taking another step forward with these new bottles made of renewable-based material,” he said.
LyondellBasell estimates that sustainability-oriented consumers represent about 26% of the global market. Its CirculenRenew polymers allow customers to meet the demands from this growing group of consumers.
“The most innovative results come from working together with our customers to design effective solutions,” said Richard Roudeix, SVP Olefins & Polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “With Circulen, we are taking concrete action to advance the circular economy today, innovate for the future and reply to growing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging.”
CirculenRenew is one of three offers in the LyondellBasell Circulen product family of sustainable solutions. CirculenRecover and CirculenRevive complete the offer with mechanically recycled and molecularly recycled polymers respectively.
LyondellBasell aims to produce and market two million metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030.