Kolmar Korea, a global cosmetics original design manufacturer (ODM), is accelerating the development of differentiated global cosmetics eco-friendly technologies.
The work that first drew attention from around the world to Kolmar Korea was its eco-friendly technology, Paper Tube. Papertube is an eco-friendly cosmetic container that reduces the amount of plastic used in packaging by 80%, excluding the cap, which inevitably requires the use of plastic.
Kolmar Korea’s eco-friendly paper tube has won all of the world’s three major design awards: IDEA, IF Design Award, and the Red Dot Design Award in September last year. Most recently, they won both the 2021 World Star Packaging Awards and the Asian Star Awards.
An official from Kolmar Korea said, “As Paper Tube, which started with the idea of protecting the Earth by reducing plastic, achieved its value at the world’s top design awards, I realized that environmental conservation is an important keyword in the world.”
This means that Kolmar Korea is not only developing one-time eco-friendly packaging, but continues to take steps to build a sustainable industrial ecosystem.
Kolmar Korea’s eco-friendly paper tube has won all of the world’s three major design awards: IDEA, IF Design Award, and the Red Dot Design Award in September last year. / Courtesy of Kolmar Korea
Meanwhile, the company is speeding up research and development by signing business agreements with Dongwon Systems, the largest comprehensive packaging material company in South Korea, and HDC Hyundai EP, a plastic material manufacturer, to develop eco-friendly cosmetic packaging materials, respectively.
In addition, Kolmar Korea is also developing eco-friendly raw materials for surfactants and thickeners that are essential components in cosmetics. Also, the company is using bio-conversion technology to make eco-friendly materials using microorganisms and enzymes rather than conventional chemical synthesis.
In particular, in August of last year, Kolmar Korea collaborated with a company specializing in eco-friendly materials to develop cosmetics containing stone cells in pear, which replace the more environmentally harmful microplastics.
Microplastics are used in cosmetics and toothpaste because they have the effect of exfoliating the skin and cleaning teeth. However, when considering environmental protection, the market has long needed an alternative.
The company expects to be a leader in global cosmetics market trends based on R&D which is focused on ESG through commercialization of this product.