At Germany’s FachPack 2019 trade show, Mondi Group will showcase its collaborative approach with customers that creates tailor-made packaging solutions that are sustainable by design.
Mondi’s vision is to contribute to a better world through more sustainable packaging. Taking a pro-active approach to sustainable development is key to helping customers meet their own sustainability targets and vital for addressing the environmental challenges facing the planet.
“Packaging decisions are not always obvious, given the complexity of supply chains and the many possible ways to interpret sustainability,” says Mondi CEO Peter Oswald. “Not only does Mondi create packaging that is fit for purpose, either paper or plastic based, but we also can help guide the customer to choose the most sustainable packaging solutions for their product and value chain.”
The belief that packaging should be sustainable by design provides Mondi with a real opportunity to innovate with its partners. EcoSolutions is Mondi’s customer-centric approach, collaborating with clients to deliver on their sustainability goals and commitments. Both paper and plastic have specific properties that make them fit for different purposes. Optimising the material used for packaging is part of Mondi’s framework, paper where possible, plastic when useful.
“Packaging is part of the solution. Designed well, it protects and prolongs the life of products, especially food, helping to make goods more accessible to people worldwide. Our in-depth understanding of raw materials, converting processes, product design, local supply chain and recycling capabilities is ideal to guide the customer in making the right holistic packaging choice for both the planet and for the customer’s requirements during every step of the product’s life cycle,” notes Mondi CEO Peter Oswald.Mondi’s approach empowers their partners to meet their commitments through three actions: replace, reduce and recycle.
1) Replace less sustainable products and materials with solutions that help customers fulfil their commitments, as with PerFORMing, a new tray made of Mondi’s Advantage Formable brown paper with a respective barrier that replaces plastic, now in the market with leading European retailer REWE. MailerBag, an e-commerce paper bag made of sack kraft paper that replaces the plastic mailers. Advantage Smooth White Strong offering high-class printability, fulfilling excellent form-fill-seal converting properties and providing good strength features for a new type of shelf-ready paper pasta bags.
2) Reduce the volume of raw materials used, and reduce the overall environmental footprint through operational efficiency and raw material choices, including recycled plastic and fibres. Lightweighting can reduce transport costs and related CO₂ emissions. For example, easy pak is a large volume box with automatic bottom that amongst other things substantially reduces the amounts of material and freight space compared with standard A-boxes and the SizeMeMailer is an e-commerce envelope that can be quickly adjusted in size to reduce the amount of air shipped in transport.
3) Recycle by developing hybrid paper and mono-material plastic solutions that are specifically designed for recycling. StripPouch is a fully recyclable, mono-material, stand-up pouch that espouses the Cradle-to-Cradle® guidelines, developed with leading German FMCG company Werner & Mertz. Also in use in the building trade is SplashBag, a water-repellent paper sack made of Mondi Advantage Protect sack kraft paper. It resists rain up to six hours and moisture ingress up to five days, while being recyclable.
As a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to make packaging more recyclable, renewable and compostable by 2025, Mondi continues to demonstrate its commitment to contribute to a better world.
At Mondi’s FachPack booth, details of all the above customer collaborations will be available, including the latest applications for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, as well as for e-commerce, the automotive sector, and for industrial applications.
Visit Mondi at Booth 7-258 in Hall 7 to learn more about the EcoSolutions approach to provide more sustainable packaging choices.