Powder Packing and Creative Colour Explosions

Amy Hawthorne

by Amy Hawthorne

16th January 2015

We’ve been packing, sealing and shipping all kinds of chemicals since 1977, and powder packing is a huge part of our business.

We were intrigued when we came across some niche applications for colourful powder which can lead to unusual and artistic results. For these applications, you would need a lot of powder – luckily, our in-house equipment can pack powder into almost any container, all the way up to 1000 kg batches!

Powder Packing Machines

We possess the specialist equipment, along with the knowledge and experience required for your powder packing needs.

Our ReAgent chemists understand the regulations and safety hazards of all the chemicals we deal with and are available to ensure your product will always be compliant and safe-for-use.

You’re always welcome to come and audit our facilities.

Colour Explosions with Powder

powder-packing-blue-manColour Runs

A fairly recent phenomenon saw the introduction of The Color Run to the UK. The event is also known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet” and gives athletes and non-athletes alike the opportunity to take part in a colourful and active day for charity.

Participants take to the starting line wearing just white, and finish covered in clouds of rainbow powder.

The Color Run began in January 2012 and in 2014, over 2 million people took part – just one fact that demonstrates the interest that is quickly mounting in this unique event.

powder-packing-fun-runThe powder used during the runs is made from corn starch dyed with food colouring. It’s safe on the skin, but runners are warned to avoid getting it in their eyes, and it could transfer colour to clothes and furnishings! The coloured powder is usually provided to participants in packs of 100g – many of which are thrown into the air at the starting point of the run.

Powder Photography

Making a use for coloured powder in the arts scene, a few creative photographers have been throwing the powder onto their models in photo shoots. The colour and thickness of the powder clouds in the air and on clothes can be really effective at setting the mood of an image.

For a unique twist of an engagement photography session, photographer Heather Palecek captured two of her friends throwing powder at each other for their engagement shots. She experimented with Dry Tempera Paint and found that it washed away in the rain.


Thank you to Heather Palecek for allowing us to use her photo.


You may have heard of the festival Holi – AKA “The Festival of Colours” – which was actually a source of inspiration for The Color Run.

Holi is the Hindu celebration of spring, mainly celebrated in India and Nepal. During the festivities, everyone involved throws and smears coloured paints (known as “gulal”) over each other while they sing, dance and generally have a good time.

As well as the use of colour, Holi combines contests between men and women, bonfires and lots of food.

There have been some concerns expressed about the ingredients used in the powder; small bits of mica used to give “gulal” its shine can severely affect sight, and many Holi colours sold on the market may be mixed with engine oil which can be hazardous to the skin and eyes.

The best way to ensure you’re being safe in any of the above “colour explosion” activities is to buy your powder from a registered supplier.

To get in touch with a member of the team at ReAgent, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about powder packing or any of our other services.


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