The material was developed in response to demand to reduce plastic waste without compromising on quality or functionality.
Carl Stonley, technical account manager, Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging, said BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging.
He added owing to the laminate’s properties, it is suitable for a range of packaging formats such as dry food, food ingredients and beverages.
“Constructed using two layers of PE film, BarrierPack Recyclable is a highly functional, flexible, packaging material that’s easy to open and reclose for consumer convenience,” said Stonley.
“It’s functional in that the material is stiffer, stronger and lighter than a conventional PET/PE laminate of the same thickness and it can be formed directly on FFS machines, as well as used for pre-made packaging.”
According to Mondi, sustainable plastic packaging is evolving faster than consumer understanding of the related materials and recycling issues.
Industry-wide initiatives are driving development of recyclable packaging for a circular economy but more sustainable waste management practices are needed.
Before entering the market, BarrierPack was tested by CeDo Recyling in the Netherlands.
“The European Commission announced a strategy in January 2018 to ensure all plastics packaging is recyclable by 2030,” said Ton Emans, MD, CeDo Recycling & President of Plastics Recyclers Europe.
“This innovation shows flexible plastic packaging can become truly circular. Flexible material designed for recycling is key to enabling circularity to safeguard precious resources in Europe.”
Mondi international packaging and paper group employs around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries with operations in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa.