La Roche Posay: a lighter tube for the environment

La Roche Posay has created a radical new design for the Lipikar tube to reduce the weight of its packaging. The result is an innovation enabling a 40% lighter tube and considerable reduction in the environmental impact.

Tube LRP
Tube LRP

In order to reduce the consumption of natural resources and quantities of waste, it’s essential to decrease the weight of packaging. For this reason, La Roche-Posay has radically rethought the design of its Lipikar tube. ‘We’ve made this tube 40% lighter without adversely affecting its function and with just minor adaptations to our processing lines’, explains Antoine Sabattini, a packaging engineer at La Roche-Posay. By modifying the material of the “skirt” containing the product, the researchers have been able to join the cap directly to it, thereby eliminating the need for a tube head in between. With one less component, a thinner skirt and a lower cap, the tube is now not only easier to press but has also gone from 26.4 to 15.6 grammes. Having already sold 200,000 units in 2012, this extra-flexible tube is protected by a co-patent with the supplier. Moreover, it was awarded the 2012 Prize for packaging reduction and innovation by the French recycling bodies Eco-Emballages and Adelphe.

La Roche-Posay

  • 40% weight reduction of the new Lipikar tube