Mondi has successfully developed a new recyclable functional barrier paper range.

The range is fully integrated across Mondi’s value chain—from paper production to the barrier application—and can run on existing filling lines for form-fill-and-seal (FFS) applications.

Mondi hopes that the solutions can replace plastics, due to their specific mechanical properties, such as puncture resistance, flexibility, printability, and barrier protection. According to Mondi, the coatings technologies applied to these papers create custom barriers against grease and water vapour, and ensure sealability.

AegisPapers are, the company says, suitable for numerous packaging applications within the dry food, frozen food, pet food, confectionery, secondary packaging, toy, e-commerce, flower packaging, and DIY industries.

In the first practical application of the range, Mondi’s collaboration with a European dry pasta producer will reportedly reduce the plastic used by 90% and save them 7.5 tonnes of plastic film per year for one of their product ranges. This pasta packaging and other commercialised solutions are set to enter the market in the first half of 2021.

Peter Orisich, CEO of flexible packaging and engineered materials at Mondi, comments “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 papermaking, 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.”