With a turnover increasing by more than 68% between 2017 and 2019, Unipack has demonstrated the suitability of its products to new market demand. Last year, in the context of a global recession linked to the pandemic, the company refocused its local market and on the development of new sustainable packaging concepts.
“We are very much focused at the moment on producing products using recycled raw materials such as PCR-PP and PCR-PET. We are also working on the development and production of products using bioplastics such as cellulose PP and we are achieving excellent results,” explains Brian Chung, CEO of Unipack Korea.
To achieve these sustainability goals, the company tries to build on all available solutions. On the one hand, they focus on the environmental friendly materials, and, on the other hand, they try to reduce the use of plastics as much as possible
Unipack thus offers a large assortment of jars, pallettes, compacts, pump-bottles, including airless pumps, in PCR PP or PET, as well as in cellulose PP.
The South-Korean supplier also offers several refillable packaging solutions with a removable inner part that contains the cosmetic formulation. These refillable systems are available for lipstick tubes, make-up compacts, and skincare cream jars. Moreover, the different components (the external and inner containers) can be produced using PCR PP, another type of recycled raw material, or a cellulose PP resin made using paper scrap.
“Cellulose PP is a raw material made by mixing cellulose and PP in an amount of 30%:70% or 51%:49% using some byproducts of the paper industry. This raw material has received the ’OKBIOSED ONE STAR & TWO STAR’ certification in Europe, and one of its interesting features is that it can be used to produce packaging in molds initially designed for PP and ABS resins,” adds Brian Chung.
PLA biofilm paper pouches
Unipack has also developed flexible pouches made from paper and a PLA film. These biodegradable and compostable solutions can be adapted to suit the needs of different product categories.
“In particular, we are developing eco-friendly paper pouches to replace mask packs and the tubes that are widely used in the cosmetic field,” says the CEO.
According to Unipack, the demand for sustainable solutions for cosmetic packaging is growing in Korea. The company wants to leverage on its home market to speed-up its innovations and develop in international markets.