Packaging manufacturer Mondi has started up a speciality kraft paper machine for shopping bags that can incorporate up to 100% recycled fibre.
The machine at Mondi’s Czech mill in Štětí is dedicated to producing 100% recyclable speciality kraft paper for shopping bags.
Typically it will use a combination of new and recycled fibres to prioritise sustainability without compromising strength but can also use fibres containing 100% pre-consumer and post-consumer waste.
The €67 million (£59 million) investment means that this is Europe’s first dedicated paper machine for speciality kraft paper grades made out of fresh and recycled fibre for retail and online shopping bags.
It will produce 130,000 tonnes of speciality kraft per year including both white and brown grades.
Mondi head of strategy and product management kraft paper Kalle Taari said: “We want to offer converters and brand owners sustainable, 100% recyclable paper-based products for their retail and online shopping packaging.
“The papers produced on this machine will offer recycled fibre-based products with a natural look, great printability and strength properties, all pre-requisites for consumer shopping bags. We are excited to be rolling out several options from our EcoVantage range throughout 2021.”