Packaging group Mondi has developed recyclable barrier paper that can be used instead of plastic films and laminates.
Its new AegisPaper line can run on existing form-fill-and seal (FFS) lines and is suitable for dry food, frozen food, pet food, confectionary, secondary packaging, toy, e-commerce, flower packaging and DIY industries.
The functional barrier paper can replace plastic packaging that has traditionally been used for FMCG and consumer products.
In a first step, Mondi is collaborating with a European dry pasta producer to reduce the plastic used by 90% and save it 7.5 tonnes of plastic per year from one of its product ranges. This pasta product will be on the market in the first half of this year.
Mondi Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials chief executive Peter Orisich said: “Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and I am pleased that this continues to be a focus for our customers.
“Thanks to combining Mondi’s know-how of paper making, coating, printing, converting, pouch and bag making alongside our expertise in selected end-uses for consumers, we make ‘paper where possible, plastic when useful’ a reality.
“This launch is a breakthrough for the next generation of sustainable packaging.”