SOUTH KOREA – CJ Biomaterials, a division of CJ CheilJedang, has developed a new cosmetic jar leveraging its amorphous polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) technology, dubbed PHACT, for cosmetics brand Banila.

The cosmetic container is intended to store Banila’s Ceramide Cleansing Balm, a part of Banila’s Clean It Zero line of eco-friendly products.

The Clean It Zero Ceramide Cleansing Balm is the result of a deal between Banila and the lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang to launch sustainable materials.

According to CJ Bio, the ceramide component of the balm is taken from the seeds of the moringa tree, while the other ingredients are derived from plants.

The biobased container comes together with an application spatula, also made from biobased materials, the company states.

In addition, the product’s paper packaging has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. It implies that the paper was made from wood from sustainably managed, economically viable and environmentally responsible forests.

The Banila washing balm is claimed as the first cosmetic product to use an injection-molded amorphous PHA from CJ Biomaterials.

CJ CheilJedang Biomaterials Business head Seung-Jin Lee said: “Consumers want to know that when they make purchases they are not harming the environment.

“We are proud to be working with Banila Co. to build on the already strong environmental profile of their Clean It Zero Ceramide Cleansing Balm.

“Today’s announcement combined with the recent introduction of our first consumer brand application—a cosmetic container for the WAKEMAKE Water Velvet Vegan Cushion—demonstrates that demand for sustainable products is continuing to rise. We are committed to continuing to scale production of PHA to meet that demand.”

CJ Bio develops amorphous PHA, which is a softer, more rubbery variety of PHA that has different characteristics than crystalline or semi-crystalline forms of PHA.

PHACT is said to be an aPHA product that is TUV OK Certified for soil biodegradable, residential and commercial compost, and marine biodegradable.

It can be composted at home because it doesn’t need specialist machinery or high temperatures to break down completely, CJ CheilJedang’s division added.

This partnership outlines the increased adoption of biobased packaging in the cosmetic industry.

Recently, Dow developed bio-based sustainable packaging solutions for the LVMH Beauty luxury perfumes and cosmetics products.

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