Rewe, one of the biggest retailers in Austria worked together with Mondi to launch a more sustainable cheese tray for its organic brand Ja! Natürlich. Mondi developed a special kraft paper, Advantage Formable Brown, to replace rigid plastic trays. Its unique stretch characteristics mean it can be formed into a shallow tray enhanced with a special barrier coating. This technology combines 80 percent paper, a renewable and recyclable raw material, with a 20 percent barrier coating.
‘The adoption of this package allowed Rewe to reduce the amount of plastic used by 70 percent and the carbon footprint by two-thirds,’ commented Marko Schuster, COO of Mondi Functional Paper and Films.
Mondi has also reinvented packaging for Austrian meat producer Hütthaler. It was designed for recycling while maintaining optimum barrier properties and replacing a previous, less sustainable, packaging.
‘Together with Hütthaler, we developed a mono-material film technology for thermoforming applications that can be fully recycled, and still provides a barrier to protect food. The new film meets high food standards, preserves shelf life and also helps Hütthaler to save on disposal fees due to its recyclability,’ said Andreas Koppitz, COO of Mondi's consumer flexibles business.