Mondi wins two awards for sustainable food packaging

Mondi's EcoSolutions approach gets recognition

PerFORMing, a paper-based packaging with patented barrier for cheese slices, developed for Austrian retailer REWE. Photo - Mondi

Mondi, a packaging and paper manufacturer, has been recognized in this year’s Austrian Green Star Packaging Awards for two recent sustainable packaging innovations developed using its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions:

PerFORMing, paper-based packaging with special barrier coating to protect cheese slices

Austria’s biggest retailer REWE worked together with Mondi to launch a more sustainable cheese tray for their organic brand Ja! Natürlich. Mondi developed a special kraft paper, Advantage Formable Brown, to replace rigid plastic trays. Mondi said that its stretch characteristics allow it to be formed into a shallow tray enhanced with a special barrier coating.

This PerFORMing technology combines 80% paper, a renewable and recyclable raw material, with a 20% barrier coating. “The adoption of this package allowed REWE to reduce the amount of plastic used by 70% and the carbon footprint by two-thirds,” said Marko Schuster, chief operating officer of Mondi Functional Paper and Films.

Fully recyclable thermoforming plastic film for meat

Mondi was able to reinvent packaging for Austrian meat producer Hütthaler. The packaging was designed for recycling while maintaining optimum barrier properties and replacing a previous, less sustainable packaging, it said.

A fully recyclable, mono-material thermoforming film for Austrian meat producer Hütthaler’s meat and sausage products.

“Together with Hütthaler, we developed a mono-material film solution for thermoforming applications that can be fully recycled, and still provides a barrier to protect food. The new film meets high food standards, preserves shelf life and also helps Hütthaler to save on disposal fees due to its recyclability,” said Andreas Koppitz, chief operating officer of Mondi’s Consumer Flexibles business.

Schuster and Koppitz, on behalf of their teams, expressed how proud they are to win these awards. Both products underscore Mondi’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions that contribute to a better world.

According to the press statement, the technical details about PerFORMing include — Formable paper packaging with a patented barrier; made from natural brown paper (Advantage Formable Brown); ideally suited for shallow food trays ( for cheese, meat or fish); high symmetrical stretch for uniform formability; suitable for existing filling lines; results in 70% less plastic used compared to rigid plastic trays; and 70% CO2 reduction compared to the plastic alternative.

Technical data for the recyclable thermoforming film include — Newly developed plastic film for thermoforming applications, which fulfills all functionalities of previous multi-material structures; completely recyclable through the use of a mono-material; significant improvement of the CO2 balance compared to existing packaging is possible up to 50%; suitable for packaging products with excellent sealability requirements, as top and bottom film are made of the same material; and gives food a longer shelf life due to a unique gas barrier.

The annual Green Star Packaging Awards recognize environmentally friendly packaging and recycling and packaging relevant operational processes in production, logistics, and distribution. The award is given by the magazine Kompack and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (ofi). All winners of a Green Star Packaging Award may also be nominated for the international WorldStar Packaging Award, presented by the World Packaging Organization (WPO).

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