US Eastman seeks to replace glass with copolyesters for cosmetics

13 March 2013 03:38  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--US-based Eastman Chemical is seeking to replace glass containers with those made with copolyesters for high-end cosmetics because of the material's several advantages, an executive with the company said on Tuesday.

Unlike glass, copolyesters do not shatter, which is a key quality for a container that could be holding expensive cosmetics, according to Gabriel Crosta, an Eastman sales director who oversees much of its South America's business.

As copolyesters are plastics, they provide designers with freedom that they cannot obtain with glass, which is another important quality, Crosta said on the sidelines of the Plastimagen 2013 plastics conference.

According to Crosta, plastics are much easier to shape than glass and because of its flexibility, designers have more freedom to come up with different shapes. This is important, as cosmetics rely on attractive packaging to sell, he added. For Eastman, that freedom is illustrated by the containers it made through a collaboration with Marc Rosen Associates.

Copolyesters are also more chemically resistant than other resins, which is useful because many cosmetics contain chemicals that can destroy some resins within days, he said.

Eastman has become a key player among companies that provide resins for the cosmetics industry, Crosta said.

Among the Latin American firms Eastman serves are Natura, Belcorp, Boticario and Unique-Yanbal. Its global customers include Estee Lauder and Avon.

The conference lasts through Friday.

By: Al Greenwood
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