Aerosols Formulation Going Green
Dorota Keczmerska,  Volcke Aerosol Connection

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Abstract: On average every person in the UK uses 10 aerosols per year with each household using over 27, but do we know what an aerosol is and what is its definition? (BAMA, British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association). In the aerosols world the integral part of the formulation is its packaging. So do we know if aerosols are recyclable?
Definition of an Aerosol- A non-reusable container made of metal, glass or plastic and containing a gas compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure, with or without a liquid, paste or powder, and fitted with a release device allowing the contents to be ejected as solid or liquid particles in suspension in a gas, as foam, paste or powder or in a liquid state.
Each year, the UK uses around 600 million aerosols which accounts for 4% of the metals packaging stream. The industry estimates that there are about 25,000 tonnes of tinplated steel and 4,500 tonnes of high-grade aluminium that are recyclable.
The packaging within an aerosol forms an integral part of its formulation. Without the correct components such as the correct selection of can, actuator, valve and propellant then the total product would not be fit for purpose.
Each year industry looks to improve its processes and materials to ensure that its products environmental performance improves with the introduction of new technology.


Global regulatory and R&D Manager for Volcke Aerosol Connection. Over 10 years of experience in Cosmetic Industry with solid education and degrees in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Cosmetic Science.