Posts in Packaging
The Rise of Multi-Use Skincare Products: An Exploration into Minimising Your Skincare Routine

Here’s the deal: we’re looking into creating a versatile essentials range. A set of products that minimise your bathroom clutter but maximise the effect of active ingredients. A range that can live in your bag as naturally as it lives on the shelf. Our ideal products would be tailored toward individuals who are dedicated to projects and passions - to those that would like a simplified skincare routine that doesn’t take too much time, but still packs a punch.

As critical observers of the skincare industry, we’ve noticed a shift in the natural skincare industry, where the rise of multi-use products (cue: Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Oil), has been favoured over a lengthy step-by-step routine. Rather than collecting a large haul of targeted products, which quickly becomes expensive and unnecessary, we’re very much in favour of products strategically formulated to holistically target skin issues. 

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Best Practice, Packaging, SkinNoéma
Noéma’s List of Best–Practice Muses

We’ve alluded to the importance of supporting businesses with good practices in the past. Whether those practices translate to sustainable sourcing, transparent processing, or a responsible end of life, at the heart of a successful business is the implementation of well-thought out and managed business operations. Taking a critical look at the concept of business operations, and then dissecting what qualifies an operation as ‘good,’ allows Noéma’s Activated Essentials range to be approached with our vision – not only with the mindset of introducing better products, but with the intention of setting a business standards from the get-go.

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Packaging, Best PracticeNoéma
The Future of Good Design Principles

Memorable design is rooted in innovation. It’s a reflection of what a designer sees in the world and what a designer wants to change. It’s a statement and a stand to make better things in an imaginative, forward-thinking fashion through intentional artistry of design. Here’s the thing about things - we take what we’re given. We absorb what we are offered. We walk through life surrounded by things that other people create. The power of good design can encourage questioning of how we lead our lives.

That’s a lot of influence in the hands of designers and thought leaders. So, of course, we expect it to be good.

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Simple Tips for Reducing Plastic Consumption - Starting with the Bathroom Cupboard

How can we contribute to making the world a bit more beautiful?

By actively reducing our individual plastic use and consumption. Transitioning to a plastic-free lifestyle tends to focus on the kitchen, where packaging and plastic waste is a bit more obvious. But when was the last time you’ve gone through your bathroom cupboard and taken account of how much plastic you are harbouring?

The answer: likely a lot. Most beauty and cleansing products, regardless of the ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ ingredients, are packaged in single-use vessels. It is so easy to let your inhibitions loose when collecting bathroom products - the more the merrier, right? The beauty world contributes heavily to the global carbon footprint, especially with the use of hard-to-recycle packaging, microplastics and single-use products like face wipes.

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Is Sustainable Design Obsolete When Human Behaviour is Not Willing to Adapt?

Humans are nothing more than (highly-refined) animals. We walk around in circles, gravitate towards specific spaces, feed ourselves, move as packs and engage in similar habits throughout our life. Of course, there is diversification in human activities and choices based on our background, environment and experience, but in the big picture we are creatures of habit that are easily swayed by our environment. That environment encompasses the people we surround ourselves with, the products we invite into our life and the physical spaces in which we spend our time.

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Endocrine Disruption for Men

Everything we do, every action we take is either contributing to or depleting our picture of health. Armed with this fact we can ensure we make the choices that protect our health for betterment. But we are not made to be perfect. So, our body does its best in trying to rectify the consequences of decisions we have made. Common balance disruptors include cigarettes, alcohol and processed foods - our intake of these products can more or less be controlled.

There are other balance disruptors that slip beneath our radar. We’re talking about toilet paper, cash receipts, and water bottles. The chemicals in these are beyond the regulating systems of the body and can have damaging effects throughout.

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How Your Skincare Products are Affecting the Environment

It’s no secret that skincare is a dirty industry - especially since it’s such a powerful industry where one decision or action can shift how entire supply chains function. Historically, the beauty sphere has been linked to unethical and non-environmentally friendly practices such as animal testing, controversial sourcing and pollution. From questionable labelling claims, to single-use plastics to ingredients that are hard to pronounce, understanding the ins and outs of skincare and the supply chain behind such a huge industry is key to creating an environmentally-conscious skincare regime.

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5 Ways to Embrace Living with Less in 2019

We’ve reached a point as a society where transitioning to a low or zero-waste lifestyle should theoretically be easy.  In major cities, you’ll find bulk stores, co-ops and community gardens touting the benefits of eating local and having a minimal environmental impact. Plant-based cuisine and ethical clothing is the trend du jour. Being an environmental goddess is hip and it’s happening and we’re here for it. So where to get started? Here are some tips.

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Microplastics: an inescapable truth

There are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy... Now, take that number and multiply it by 500. That’s how many pieces of microplastics there are in our ocean.

It’s time to investigate and understand just what microplastics are and why we should navigate the world of microplastics with caution and curiosity.

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Boyan Slat and The Great Ocean Clean Up

Plastic pollution, particularly in a marine environment, can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around if you don’t spend your time near the sea. But even city dwellers influence the sheer amount of plastic that enters the ocean (12 million tonnes a year!).

Boyan Slate, the founder of The Ocean Clean Up, knows this all to well. As an avid diver, Slate’s life-altering moment occurred while spending time underwater. While diving during in Greece, he saw far more plastic bags than fish – that unsettled him and inspired him to design a solution as part of a school project.

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Types of Plastics: Why we use them and the associated problems

We need to talk about plastic. Look around the space you’re sitting. We’re more than willing to bet that you can spot something made from plastic. From water bottles and plastic bags, to car parts and building materials, plastic is everywhere. Frankly, it’s unavoidable.

Plastics are the consumer go-to for just about any product and packaging because the material is incredibly versatile. So how can we halt and overcome this mammoth issue? First let’s learn the basics…

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Plastic and Endocrine Disruption

The human body is incredible. We live our lives in a complicated and delicate ecosystem of cells, hormones, and glands that are constantly dancing and communicating with each other to regulate the bodies functions and keep our chemicals in balance. This regulatory system is known as the ‘endocrine’ system and plays an integral part of keeping the body working at its best. A disrupted endocrine system can lead to disease, development issues, stress, weight gain, weak bones or a lack of energy.  

So what does the endocrine system have to do with beauty and household products?

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