Mondi bags nine WorldStar Packaging awards

Mondi's sustainable packaging innovations and commitment to creating circular driven solutions

ToolBox XL by Mondi Corrugated Solutions. photo Mondi

Mondi in packaging and paper received nine awards in six categories at this year’s WorldStar Packaging awards. Open to packaging companies around the world, the WorldStar awards recognise the best ideas, innovations and technologies on the market, with a focus on sustainability, product protection and end-user convenience.

“Mondi is a pioneer in making packaging sustainable by design. Our eco-solutions approach means we always evaluate the best solutions for our customers, our planet and the end-user, using paper where possible, plastic when useful. Extensive collaboration with our customers, being honoured with nine WorldStar awards shows we are moving in the right direction. With sustainability firmly at the centre of our strategy, and ambitious sustainability commitments as part of our Map2030 framework, we are determined to make our flexible packaging part of a circular economy.” says Thomas Ott, chief executive officer designate, Mondi Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials.

“We are delighted with our successful track record in winning WorldStar Packaging awards with our innovative, fit-for-purpose and sustainable corrugated solutions. In 2021, half of the awarded products are part of our eCommerce offering, which reflects the great opportunities we are seeing to partner with our customers in this area. With our network of more than 100 in-house packaging designers, we are setting new standards in the industry both in terms of sustainability and product design,” says Armand Schoonbrood, chief operating officer, Mondi Corrugated Solutions.

Mondi’s 2022 WorldStar award winners are –

eCommerce category –
X-FOLD Box by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Warszawa, Poland)
TwistMailer by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Bupak, Czech Republic)
SoapPackaging by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Bad Rappenau, Germany)

Point of Sale category –
ToolBox XL by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Grünburg, Austria)

Packaging Materials and Components category –
EcoWicketBag by Mondi Consumer Flexibles and Mondi Paper Bags
FunctionalBarrier Paper by Mondi Functional Paper and Films and Mondi Specialty Kraft Paper

Food category –
WalletPack by Mondi Consumer Flexibles

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables –
CoralTray by Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Grünburg, Austria)

Special Award – Sustainability and Category Transit –
(Un)-Lock System by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Eschenbach, Germany)

Further details on the award-winning packaging innovations –


CoralTray by Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

We eliminate the plastic and plastic foil in conventional vegetable trays, with our fully recyclable, sustainable packaging. There is no loss in packaging performance: the lid of our Coral Tray ensures good product visibility while protecting its contents and being easily stackable. The customer can print on the packaging. Plastic is eliminated while logistics are vastly improved: CoralTray runs on erecting machines at the same speed as a conventional corrugated tray without a lid, a huge improvement as no foil is added either. Twice the amount trays can be stored in one E2 crate compared to a tray with foil.


EcoWicketBag by Mondi Consumer Flexibles and Mondi Paper Bags.
photo Mondi

Mondi’s EcoWicketBags are a paper-based packaging solution that provides an alternative to traditional plastic packaging for hygiene products such as nappies, bringing paper-based packaging to the hygiene market worldwide. They reduce plastic consumption and are made from a renewable resource – paper.

Functional Barrier Paper

FunctionalBarrier Paper by Mondi Functional Paper and Films and Mondi Specialty Kraft Paper.
photo Mondi

Mondi’s functional barrier papers can replace plastic films and laminates traditionally used for FMCG and consumer products with a recyclable and renewable solution. It reduces the amount of plastic by replacing it with a renewable raw material that has specific mechanical properties such as puncture resistance, flexibility, printability and barrier protection.

SIOC Pack for soaps

SoapPackaging by Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

Following the trend to reduce packaging in the eCommerce Mondi created for one of our customers a bespoke SIOC solution (Ships in own container). The clever, 100 percent corrugated design protects the sensitive products across the eCommerce supply chain without any secondary box needed. The well-thought-out dimensions of the design make the pack fit easily through a letterbox, meaning the end user’s unpacking experience begins immediately.

ToolBox XL

ToolBox XL by Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

The Toolbox XL beats conventional 6-bottle beer carriers in design and capacity, providing space for 12 bottles and offering impactful product display and brand promotion. The box is fully stackable in transport and easy to carry for consumers. The fun design of a toolbox together with offset printing triggers consumers to continue using the box after emptying.


TwistMailer by Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

Clever use of wave orientation and two hotmelt strips means that this packaging is immediately ready to be filled and can secure contents without any fixing materials. Variable in height, it is easy to pack and takes up little storage space, offering protection during transportation and overall improved efficiency. Made from a fully recyclable corrugated board, this packaging replaces polyethylene bags, PE bubble-lined envelopes, and smaller F0201 used in e-commerce. Constructed without gluing, it ships less air so is cost-effective and is printable, with zipper or tear tape openings.

(Un)-Lock System

(Un)-Lock System by Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

Two-piece packaging created for the client’s new vacuum process, which lifts the pack from above. The existing bottom gluing machine still can be used without changing the parameters. Once the lid and bottom part are locked to each other the clever function provides a secure locking and lifting process (with a vacuum machine) without using any glue or tape. Made of 100 percent paper. Optimal closing option to ensure fully automated warehouse distribution and changing handling processes of retailers are met.


WalletPack by Mondi Consumer Flexibles.
photo Mondi

Mondi’s WalletPack is a recyclable mono-material solution that replaces a non-recyclable multi-material plastic. The high barrier material protects food and the environment by preventing food spoilage and improving recyclability in compliance with existing recycling guidelines.

X-fold Box

X-FOLD Box by Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
photo Mondi

Can X-FOLD design offer a quick and easy set-up like a box with 4 or 6 gluing points? Mondi´s team of e-commerce packaging designers looked into this together with their customer LPP and created a smart 2 point glued solution that does the trick. Mondi once more proved to live up to its 3e promise for eCommerce: e-conomic, e-fficient, e-asy.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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