Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper

The switch to certified base paper helps ensure that the wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests

Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper. Photo Mondi

Mondi, in sustainable packaging and paper, has switched its entire portfolio of glassine-based release liners to the certified base paper. The change is part of Mondi’s ongoing, proactive approach to sustainability, which includes developing solutions that are better for the environment.

Glassine-based release liners are mainly used for labels, tapes, and medical applications. By moving to certified base paper, it is improving traceability, working with partners who manage forests responsibly in line with its commitment to maintaining zero deforestation in its forests and supply chain. This latest move to certified glassine-based paper is another step in Mondi’s commitment to responsible sourcing and supply chain transparency.

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Its close collaboration with partners, known as its EcoSolutions approach, means that it will continue to ask the right questions and develop the most sustainable packaging solutions to support customers in achieving their sustainability goals. Mondi already works with a number of certification bodies to help increase the availability of certified wood fibre in its key wood sourcing markets in Europe.

All of Mondi’s pulp and paper mills are PEFC or FSC certified, 100% of its own forests are certified and 76% of externally sourced wood and 100% of sourced pulp are from certified sources.

Stefan Schönberger, head of Product Sustainability Release Liner, Mondi, says, “As part of our Map2030 ambitions, we commit to taking action on climate change and setting an example for others working in international manufacturing, production and logistics to help them make sustainability a key priority. Offering certified base paper is part of this. It is the first step to upgrading our entire release liner portfolio, which will manage our impacts while providing the best possible solutions for the customer and the end consumer.”

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