Mondi, in packaging and paper, has created a fully recyclable packaging solution for Warmhaus, a Turkish producer of radiators and boilers for home heating. The new ‘Monocorr Box’ is made of 100% recyclable corrugated board, including the inserts that cushion the packaged products. The previous Warmhaus packaging used expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam inserts, which have low recycling rates throughout Europe and generally end up in landfill or incineration facilities after disposal.
Warmhaus was looking for an environmentally responsible packaging solution that would help to meet their own sustainability goals as well as the requirements of domestic and export customers. Monocorr Box is easily recyclable in Turkey and supports Warmhaus’s exports to the European Union, where some retailers are beginning to switch to EPS-free packaging, even for larger durables. Producers may also have to consider extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees for EPS material in the future.
“We were looking for a solution that overcomes the challenges we face with rigid foam products. We are committed to energy saving and protecting the environment, and we want our product packaging to reflect the same standards. In addition to their sustainability advantages, corrugated boxes can also improve the protection of products, transporting and storing them safely and cost-efficiently. We’ve been using Monocorr Boxes since last August and have received positive feedback from our customers,” said Fatih Aydın, Purchasing Unit leader at Warmhaus.
In addition to being fully recyclable, the Monocorr Box has benefits in terms of logistics and shipping. The boxes are delivered flat and the corrugated inserts take up 94% less space during transport and storage than the previous EPS foam inserts. Assembled Monocorr Boxes are more compact than the previous packaging and the size of the outer box has been reduced by 6%, which allows Warmhaus to stack 20% more items on each shipping pallet.
“With our EcoSolutions approach, we were able to meet our customer’s expectations for sustainable packaging while also improving the efficiency of their stacking and shipment processes. This is an ideal solution for Turkey and all other markets. Eliminating the EPS foam element is key to making packaging for white goods and other household appliances part of a circular economy. Solutions like our Monocorr Box can contribute significantly to helping the white goods industry replace EPS foam and transition to fully recyclable packaging”, Metin Morhayim, Sales director at Mondi Corrugated Solutions Turkey.