Sustainable Cosmetics Packaging from Bacteria

Blog | by Linda Arcadipane | 03.08.2019

As the Millennial population becomes more dominant in corporate management, sustainability initiatives continue to grow, leading suppliers in beauty and elsewhere to pursue the development of environmentally responsible packages and practices. Guatemalan designer Elena Amato has recently created sheets of bacterial cellulose with paper-like qualities as a sustainable alternative to the plastic packaging used in personal care products. The bacterial cellulose sheets were developed using a mixture of water and a bacteria and yeast (scoby) culture, which is blended together before being spread out on a flat, smooth surface and left to dry. Instead of growing and cultivating the scoby from scratch, Amato uses residual scoby leftover from local Kombucha producers – a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and scoby. The resulting sheets are a material with characteristics that Amato describes as somewhere between paper and plastic.


Amato is just one of many designers experimenting with bacterial cultures to create sustainable alternatives to plastic. Emma Sicher fermented scoby with fruit and vegetable leftovers to create disposable packaging, while Roza Janusz used scoby to create a food packaging that can either be eaten after use, or composted.


The cosmetic industry continues to become greener and more socially responsible, offering businesses both large and small the opportunity to get ahead by using eco-friendly packaging. At IBC Shell, we are constantly developing new and innovative packaging to offer a range of solutions for businesses of all sizes and are happy to help you create exceptional sustainable packaging solutions products.