Design School

Research

Refillable packaging

Group: Sustainable Design

Project: Refillable Packaging Systems

investigating the viability of delivering female 'body wash' products via refillable packaging systems.

2006 - 2008

£164,337

Dr Vicky Lofthouse

Overview

This DEFRA funded collaborative research project with Boots investigated the viability of delivering female 'body wash' products via refillable packaging systems, in a way that reduces its environmental impact and increases its sales appeal.

The project drew heavily on user centred research and lead to the development of 3 propositions which drew on the use of concentrates, reducing the quantity of water that needed to be added at the manufacturing stage. 

Water makes up to 90% of body wash formulation so the new packaging will greatly reduce the environmental impact of the product by reducing the amount of material used, and the weight in transport. 

In March 2010 a 1-year ‘Innovation Fellowship’ was obtained to develop a viable working prototype, support further consumer testing and undertake a feasibility study of routes to commercialisation.

Find out more from Dr Vicky Lofthouse and Dr Rhoda Trimingham