TECHNICAPS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

TECHNICAPS IS, FIRST, A LONG STORY...

TECHNICAPS is specialized in the shaping and finishing of aminoplaste resin, a material of unique properties. This is the story of "BAKELITE" applied to the field of perfumery and cosmetics.
This is the story of our company which, since the beginning, is focused on this raw material with perseverance, determination and passion.

Our raw material has a natural 1.5 high density, a cold touch, a very special sound, and, above all, is not derived from petroleum.

We wanted to ensure for our customers and workers the safety of our products through a proactive approach from cradle to grave.

  • We scientifically verified the amounts of volatile compounds emitted over the whole production chain.
  • We rolled out a Life Cycle Analysis in order to uderstand better their environmental impacts.
  • Results of one of our most representative product is presented.

AN INNOVATIVE YET UNFAMILIAR MATERIAL

Urea-formaldehyde thermoset resin is composed of three main ingredients.

Fabrication de la résine thermodurcissable

Formaldehyde is a carbonated compound produced from methanol, which is derivative from natural gas.
Our methanol is provided by United States and Middle East suppliers.

Urea, purchased in Spain, is produced from carbon dioxide and ammonia, which comes from natural gas too.

Cellulose is mainly paper pulp. Our wood grows in sustainably managed forests, PEFC and FSC certified.

These ingredients are mixed together with pigments and stabilizers by our European thermoset suppliers, before being sent to our factory in Challes, France.

Produits

TECHNICAPS manufactures Caps, Overcaps, Lids and Jars for cosmetic, fragrance and pharma industry. We realize standard and specific shapes. Finishings are fully adaptable to our customer need.

DEMONSTRATED SAFETY

SAFETY FOR THE
EMPLOYEES

Formaldehyde moulding powder
chain under regulations
Factories are certified ISO 18001

WASTE

Can be used in fields as fertilizer

ENVIRONMENT

Factories are certified ISO 14001

SAFETY FOR THE
EMPLOYEES

Formaldehyde in ambient air
well under the regulation limit
(Norisko and DEKRA test
perfomed each year)

EUROFINS TEST 2012

Simulation of a 30m3 bathroom, with
three of our products exposed to 35° C
for 30 days : no formaldehyde emitted

EUROFINS TEST 2013

After 10 days, 40°C exposition:
formaldehyde migration in customer
bulk 10 times substandard
(the sample meets requirements of the
European Regulation 10/2011/EC,
modified by the regulation
321/2011/EC, 1282/2011/EC and
1183/2012/EC on plastic materials and
articles intended for contact with food
in test conditions above-mentioned)

LIFE CYCLE ASSESMENT

Life Cycle Assesment is the method for evaluating
environmental impacts of products throughout their life
cycle. LCA is a standardized method (ISO 14040-14044).

Produit - Pot LEGEND
TECHNICAPS processing
Urea-formaldehyde
production
Packaging
Transport to/from
TECHNICAPS
End of life
ELENA JAR, 52 GRAMS

45% Urea
18 % Formaldehyde
32% Cellulose
5% Additives

FUNCTIONAL UNIT

Containing 50ml of cosmetic cream at least over its whole lifespan, in accordance with GCMI standards, for Luxury pack application allowing disclosure of legal and promotional information

RESULTS

The functional unit serves as reference through the analysis.
The following part display the LCA results on 6 indicators, graphs detail the contribution of each step of the life cycle.

LIFE CYCLE OF TECHNICAPS PRODUCTS

Processing of cosmetic products, distribution, sale and
purchase were excluded from the study

273 g CO2
equivalent
Illustration résultats CLIMATE CHANGE

Release of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane…) contributing to the global warming phenomenon in a 100 years scope. This may damage human health and ecosystems.

1,86 g Sb
equivalent
ABIOTIC DEPLETION

Non-renewable resources depletion represents mineral and fossil resources extraction regarding their scarcity at worldwide level.

1,00 g SO2
equivalent
ATMOSPHERE ACIDIFICATION

Release of substances into the atmosphere leading to potential acidification of air, soil and water.

0,16 g P043-
equivalent
EUTROPHICATION

Consideration of nitrogen and phosphate substances introduced into the aquatic environment. The intake of large quantities of these nutrients is responsible for algal blooms and oxygen depletion.

2,57E-05 g
CFC-11
equivalent
OZONE LAYER DEPLETION

Consideration of gases emitted into the atmosphere participating in the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer which can cause damage to human health and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

0,06 g C2H4
equivalent
PHOTOCHEMICAL OXIDATION

Under the effect of solar radiation, cerain particles emitted in the atmosphere combine into oxidizing substances known as « smog » above urban area. Smog can damage human health, ecosystems and cultures.

A COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
  • Our products are 32% plant-based from renewable sources
  • Thermoset resin production is the major contributor of our impacts, mainly due to the energy intensive consumption (natural gas) of Ammonia production process.
  • End of life is not an important contributor, so absence of recycling is not a primary issue

We provide noble and luxurious packaging qualities without increased environmental impacts.
Impact data will be available in the ecodesign tool "WINTED".

LCA CREDITS AND REFERENCES

Logo EVEA

LCA conducted by EVEA, an independent LCA and eco-design consultancy firm.Works have been approved by Jean-Yves Dupré, independant consultant in Bioenergy and sustainable development. Communication brochure generated with EVEA support.

LCA report accessible on demand upon a non disclosure agreement signature

Reference of the LCA report : Technicaps, Analyse du cycle de vie de trois pièces en résine thermodurcissable, February, 2013
Database : ecoinvent V2.2 / Software : Simapro 7.3
LCA Methodology Guidelines and indicators from CML 2001 and IPPC

CONTACTS

TECHNICAPS

14, Chemin du Moulin de la Bruyère
BP 70018
72250 CHALLES (France)

www.technicaps.fr

contact : infos@technicaps.fr
+33 (0)2 43 89 17 69
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