Mono-material bacon packaging from Mondi

Collaborates with Austrian bacon producer Handl Tyrol for a recyclable solution

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The mono-material polypropylene (PP) film used in the packaging is recyclable. Photo Mondi

Mondi, a global provider in sustainable packaging and paper, has helped Austrian food company Handl Tyrol to wrap their bacon in a solution that will contribute to a circular economy by keeping materials in circulation.

The mono-material polypropylene (PP) film is recyclable in existing recycling streams for mixed polyolefins and keeps the bacon fresh, providing a ‘second skin’ that seals securely with both a high-barrier top and bottom film. The packaging has been designed to look like a wooden chopping board, providing instant on-shelf appeal and brand recognition.

Working closely with Handl Tyrol, Mondi employed its collaborative EcoSolutions approach to ensure the packaging is suited for the manufacturer, product, end user and environment. The mono-material PP packaging was also shortlisted for the Green Packaging Star Award 2022.

Daniel Maier, head of procurement, Handl Tyrol says, “This packaging is certainly eye-catching, while providing excellent product protection. It works within existing recycling guidelines for retailers across Europe and is a great example of more sustainable packaging with no compromises: it still provides the highest level of food protection which of course is always our priority.”

Jan-Mark Wilke, business development manager, Fresh Food for Consumer Flexibles, Mondi, says, “33% of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year – and this accounts for 7% of GHG emissions. Sustainable packaging can play a vital role in minimizing food waste. It reduces the environmental impact of the food industry by preventing food from spoiling before it reaches the table. 

“With our mono-material PP packaging for Handl Tyrol, we have been able to deliver another fresh food packaging solution that protects the product effectively and can be recycled into existing recycling streams for mixed polyolefins. It has an impactful design that incorporates the packaging and reflects the consumer use,” Wilke said.

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