Going POM-free: Taking beauty one step closer to a sustainable future

By Becky Bargh | Published: 16-Feb-2022

Beauty consumers have heard of going plastic-free, water-free and even the contested toxic-free in the name of sustainability – but what about going POM-free? Here, Cosmetics Business identifies the dangers of this thermoplastic and the packaging giants doing things differently

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Sustainability has become sacrosanct in the beauty packaging arena.

Arguably a category in its own right, packaging manufacturers have stepped up innovation and technologies to feed the demand for environmentally-friendly options from the source.

From airless pumps to removing plastic applicators, synonymous with sustainability has been cutting out unnecessary added plastic – and this new eco-marketing tool is driving a new ‘free from’ phenomenon.

Polyoxymethylene, or POM – also known as acetal – is a plastic that is used to produce precision parts of packaging

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