According to the previous blogs, acetate material is a plastic that is commonly used in a variety of applications, including eyeglass frames, hair accessories, films, and more. Here are a few main factors why acetate hair accessories cost more compared to some other plastic hair accessories:
Raw material costs:
Acetate comes from natural sources, usually, wood pulp or cotton liners, which go through a complex chemical process at the factory to produce cellulose acetate. The cost of these raw materials as well as the complicated manufacturing process lead to higher cost of acetate.
Acetate sheet manufacturing process:
The production process of cellulose acetate involves multiple steps, including purification, esterification, and processing into sheets. Compared with the production of some other plastics, this process requires the consumption of various resources, resulting in increased costs.
The production process of acetate hair accessories:
There is a big gap in the production process of traditional plastic hair accessories. Traditional plastic hair accessories only need relevant molds, and then inject a high-temperature plastic solution into the molds and wait for them to cool down, then de-mold one by one. The production process of Urrykid’s acetate hair accessories is very complicated, and the specific steps can be found here
Quality and Appearance:
Acetate hair accessories are valued for their good looks and quality. Compared with other plastic hair accessories, it usually has a more luxurious and diverse appearance and body aesthetic design. The production process of acetate sheets used in each batch of acetate hair accessories may involve additional steps to achieve specific patterns, colors, and textures, which leads to price gaps for acetate sheets with different patterns.
Acetate is known for its durability and hypoallergenic properties, making it ideal for applications such as hair accessories. These enhanced performance characteristics increase their production costs.
Acetate is generally considered more environmentally friendly than petroleum-based plastics because it is derived from renewable resources. However, this also makes it more expensive, as sustainable production practices and materials are sometimes more expensive to implement. (Environmental protection costs from the factory perspective)
Branding and perception:
In some cases, the higher cost of acetate products may be related to brand image and environmental awareness. Premium brands often choose acetate for its eco-friendly attributes and high design appeal, and consumers may be willing to pay a premium for products made from this material. (Environmental protection costs from a corporate perspective)
Customization and Craftsmanship:
Acetate hair accessories are easier to customize than other plastic hair accessories, enabling intricate design elements. Such customization services require skilled manual operations, thus resulting in increased costs.
In summary, the higher cost of acetate hair accessories compared to other plastic hair accessories can be attributed to its raw material sourcing, manufacturing process, quality, performance, environmental considerations, brand recognition, and customization elements.