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It's in the bag! Tesco partners with Mondi to close the loop for shopping bags from retailer's own paper waste

• Tesco has partnered with Mondi to use its EcoVantage paper that combines fresh and recycled fibres for sustainable and food compliant shopping bags • Mondi is closing the loop by recycling Tesco’s warehouse corrugated waste to create EcoVantage paper • Tesco has rolled out these recycled shopping bags in its stores across Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia

Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi and Tesco Central Europe have launched a new partnership, in which Mondi will purchase the retailer’s warehouse corrugated waste to create recycled paper for the retailers' shopping bags. Tesco is working towards a net zero emission goal, in line with its sustainability targets to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible and Mondi is able to contribute to this vision with its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions.

This is the first time Tesco has collaborated directly with a paper producer to turn its paper waste into a renewable resource in line with their circular economy goals. Mondi uses the retailer’s corrugated waste to produce the EcoVantage grade, in which recycled and fresh fibres are combined to achieve a recyclable and high performing shopping bag. With the EcoVantage paper produced at Mondi’s mill in the Czech Republic, this collaboration shows how suppliers can work with retailers across the value chain to develop circular systems and turn waste back into a valuable resource.

The use of fresh fibre in combination with recycled fibres has multiple benefits. Mondi’s EcoVantage paper combines the strength, printability and appearance of a fresh fibre top layer with the sustainability advantages of a recycled fibre bottom layer.

Contact Person: 
Judith Wronn
Senior Communication Manager, Mondi Flexible Packaging & Engineered Materials
+49 151 17714692
Company Name: 
Mondi Group