Canmaker Trivium Packaging has won a Better World Award for design for the aluminium bottle it produced for Arbo, a refillable men’s cologne manufactured by Boticario, Brazil’s second biggest cosmetic company.
The prize, the 11th award Trivium won in 2022, was awarded by Centro Brasil Design which gave full marks to the lightweight, easy-to-recycle, and user-friendly cologne refill bottle, which includes a “patented dropper, designed to fit the original glass bottle”.
“Not only is this bottle visually appealing, but also sustainable,” said Trivium. “It contains up to 10% recycled content and saves 89% weight compared to the original packaging. Our use of direct printing removes the need for any secondary packaging. The brief for this project was based on concepts developed by Boticario’s in-house design team that challenged suppliers to find a refill solution for the regular packaging. We were up for the challenge and developed a concept using a special aluminium bottle with a dedicated dropper to allow the end user to easily refill the regular glass. The concept was tested in Boticario’s filling line and passed several protection tests including shelf life, vacuum, sealing, leakage, and transportation.”
The company carried out a lifecycle assessment which ensured the new refill solution had a lower carbon footprint than other products available, usually made of plastics. The final product includes a QR code with product information and instructions for use, encouraging end users to recycle the packaging.
“This project represents a successful example of improving performance and reducing environmental impact, while also improving consumer functionality with the intuitive use of the dropper. Thanks to the natural properties of aluminium, it provides protection against oxygen and UV light, and extends shelf life,” said the canmaker.
2022 was a particularly eventful year for Trivium with “many milestones to celebrate”. On top of the 11 product awards, Trivium was also recognised for its sustainability efforts by EcoVadis, the business sustainability ratings agency, and launched its new website.