Mondi has partnered with the German machine supplier, beck packautomaten, to launch FunctionalBarrier Paper, a flexible paper-based packaging solution that provides protection against water vapour and moisture during the transport of products for online retail. 

According to Mondi, FunctionalBarrier Paper can replace plastic packaging for e-commerce applications and creates right-sized packaging for a wide range of products. Mondi’s research reportedly shows that 82% of customers prefer e-commerce packaging that is recyclable.

Mondi claims that the FunctionalBarrier is made from 95% paper, apparently making it recyclable in existing European paper waste streams. The company adds that the paper is responsibly sourced and made of renewable materials.

In addition, Mondi says that FunctionalBarrier Paper offers enhanced barrier properties to ensure product protection against water vapour and moisture during the transport of items such as electronic goods. The paper is also made with a higher strength to enable it to carry heavier items without breakage, according to the company.

beck packautomaten adds that its automated packaging machine measures the packed goods and calculates the paper needed, ensuring that products of different sizes are packed according to their requirements. The company claims that this can reduce excess usage of the material and minimise waste and costs.

Stable sealing of Mondi’s paper on all four sides of the packaging also allows it to meet logistics requirements and protect goods in transit, the companies note. This has been successfully tested in Mondi’s ISTA certified lab in its Bupak plant, which it opened in December of last year.

Thomas Lunz, industry group manager of functional paper at Mondi Functional Paper & Films, comments: “All types of goods are being transported around the globe on a daily basis. The need to create bespoke packaging that reduces waste, protects the wide range of products and delivers on sustainability targets is enormous.

“Our FunctionalBarrier Paper enables online retailers to continue reducing the use of unnecessary plastic following our approach of using paper where possible and plastic when useful.”

Alexander Deharde, sales director at beck packautomaten, adds: “Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper has excellent runnability on our automated packing lines and is a sustainable solution that replaces plastic packaging for online shipments.

“In a first cooperation with a European fashion retailer, we reduced plastic use significantly and will be able to save them more than 45 tonnes of plastic every year once the switch is completed.”

Mondi and beck packautomaten will present the FunctionalBarrier Paper at the LogiMAT fair from the 31st of May to the 2nd of June in Stuttgart, Germany.