Mondi scores hat trick at Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards

EcoVantage, WalletPack Recyclable, and Functional Barrier Paper receive recognition

EcoVantage paper for Tesco shopping bags. Photo Mondi

Mondi, global enterprise in packaging and paper, has won three awards for sustainable packaging at the Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards.

The annual Green Packaging Star Awards recognize environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling solutions, as well as packaging-related improvements in operational processes in production, logistics, and distribution. The award is presented by Kompack magazine and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology.

The judges of these awards recognized the high standard of the following three Mondi products:

EcoVantage paper for Tesco shopping bags

Mondi’s collaboration with the retailer aims to close the loop by working across the whole supply chain. The partnership involves Mondi recycling Tesco’s existing corrugated packaging waste and then transforming it into EcoVantage paper. By working alongside its converters’ network, shopping bags are produced that are used by customers of Tesco Central Europe. This partnership helps Tesco work towards its net-zero emission goal, using recycled and fresh fibers that are combined to deliver a recyclable and high-performing shopping bag.

WalletPack Recyclable for German deli meats

Mondi’s WalletPack Recyclable for German deli meats. Photo Mondi

Working with Bell Germany, Mondi created packaging for the meat producer’s ‘Abraham’ range of sliced deli meats. WalletPack Recyclable, a mono-material solution that helps prevent food waste and has been verified by the German institute cyclos-HTP as 93% recyclable. The folded approach keeps the deli meats fresh and easy to access and requires 37% less material to be produced. Launched in early 2021, it is set to save 35 tonnes of plastic waste per year for Bell Germany.

Functional Barrier Paper substituting plastic packaging

Functional Barrier Paper by Mondi. Photo Mondi

Mondi’s barrier-coated functional papers aim to transform packaging for a range of products including food and toys where, until now, paper has been unimaginable as a sustainable alternative. An ideal replacement for plastic laminates, the barrier papers can be used for dry food, frozen food, secondary packaging, and flow pack applications. Fully recyclable in most existing paper streams, they protect against grease and water vapor and can run on existing form-fill-and-seal (FFS) lines.

Peter Orisich, chief executive officer Flexible Packaging & Engineered Materials, Mondi remarks on the recognition, “We are committed to taking action on climate and creating circular driven solutions. With our action plan, MAP2030, we have set out our ambitious sustainability commitments and targets for the next ten years. We are delighted that these products have been recognized by the Kompack Green Packaging Star awards for their sustainability credentials.”

Mondi is a global enterprise in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Its business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper, and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions.

Sustainability is at the center of Mondi’s strategy and intrinsic in the way it does business. It leads the industry with its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, where it asks the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2020, Mondi had revenues of EUR 6.66 billion and an underlying EBITDA of EUR 1.35 billion.

Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is an FTSE 100 constituent and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

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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.

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