INNOVATING IN SEARCH OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
Individual R&D Project
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW FULLY RECYCLABLE MONO-MATERIAL DROPPER
As a committed company to the environment, and given the current demand for more sustainable products, Virospack is immersed in a not-easy R&D project, developing the first completely mono-material dropper on the market. We are talking about a dropper made of polypropylene (PP), which can be easily recycled to 100%.
This development, for which we have got an economic subsidy from the CDTI -Center for Industrial Technological Development-, will allow us to obtain a dropper entirely manufactured of a single material, which, in addition, will offer high compatibility with any kind of cosmetic formulation.
The general objective of this project is to design, develop and manufacture a new prototype of a push-button dropper, all mono-material, made from polymeric polypropylene (PP) materials.
With this project, a sustainable solution is sought within the packaging cosmetic sector, since current droppers have a low recycling rate since they must be dismantled before, separating the rubber bulb from the PP cap, and the glass pipette. It means an additional task that many users are not willing to perform.
The technological challenges to achieve these objectives are framed in three different aspects, given the complexity involved in R&D activities:
Formulation of the bulb composition
To increase the sustainability of droppers, it is necessary to find new formulations more competitive to replace currently used rubber and TPE, as well as glass for pipettes. The PP is a good candidate for this project.
Design of the new bulb
The new design of the push button dropper will be innovative, and never seen before. It will be new at the internal level of the geometry of the bulb. We are talking about a geometry that must ensure precise dosage, tightness, ergonomics, and functionality.
The manufacturing process of the new bulb
The production of the new dropper includes a bulb prototype that will be manufactured from a new process based on the principle of injection by blow molding (IBM), being the first time that this type of production is used with PP material. And the first time too, for elements as small as bulbs. This is a challenge for the company.