Mondi's fully recyclable packaging material, BarrierPack Recyclable, drives circular economy forward
Mondi has developed a fully-recyclable plastic laminate for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock that is perfect for integration into existing recycling schemes. BarrierPack Recyclable has been validated for existing industrial recycling streams.
Vienna, 21 February 2018 - BarrierPack Recyclable, an innovative new plastic laminate for pre-made pouches, provides positive environmental outcomes and value creation through a sustainable material with performance properties equivalent to conventional materials. It was developed in direct response to the need to reduce plastic waste without compromising on quality or functionality, and it supports the circular economy.
"Our new laminate, BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging," said Carl Stonley, Technical Account Manager at Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging. "In addition to being fully recyclable, it offers exceptional mechanical properties and is ideal for a range of packaging style formats. Constructed using two layers of PE film, BarrierPack Recyclable is a highly functional, flexible, packaging material that's easy to open and reclose for consumer convenience. It's functional in that the material is stiffer, stronger and lighter than a conventional PET/PE laminate of the same thickness and it can be formed directly on FFS machines, as well as used for pre-made packaging."
The moisture barrier provided by BarrierPack Recyclable makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, such as dry food, food ingredients, personal care and pet care applications.
BarrierPack Recyclable provides sustainable alternative
Sustainable plastic packaging is evolving faster than the general understanding of the related materials and recycling issues. Industry-wide initiatives are driving development of recyclable packaging for a circular economy that maximises the lifecycle of plastic and minimises its ecological footprint.
Plastic packaging plays a crucial role in protecting products, reducing food waste and increasing convenience. However, there is no doubt that more sustainable consumption and waste management practices are needed. BarrierPack answers the market's need for sustainable alternatives for flexible laminates by offering full recyclability, validated by extensive trials by CeDo Recyling in the Netherlands, a leader in recycling technologies.
Ton Emans, Managing Director at CeDo Recycling & President of Plastics Recyclers Europe, said: "The European Commission announced a strategy in January 2018 to ensure that all plastics packaging is recyclable by 2030. This innovation shows that flexible plastic packaging can become truly circular. Flexible material designed for recycling is key to enabling circularity to safeguard precious resources in Europe."
"Mondi is committed to developing sustainable plastics using circular economy design approaches, so we are delighted to be able to bring this valuable innovation to market," Stonley said.
Mondi's BarrierPack Recyclable laminate will be launched at the Packaging Innovations trade show in Birmingham, UK, later this month (Mondi booth F19).