Mondi flexible packaging "leapfrogs" ahead in the recycling game

"We worked our way through an 'innovation funnel'- testing different materials until we arrived at a designed-for-recycling concept that convinced everyone at each point of the value chain. Furthermore, the concept offers clear benefits related to sealing strength and maximum filling volume."

A giant leap: a pouch with detachable decorative panels

A final touch was added to solve the issue of recycling printed plastic materials.

The pouch has two layers. "We dress the pouch up in an eye-catching 'outer garment' that is printed with brand design on the front and consumer info on the back," said Sander. "When the pouch is empty, we 'undress' it automatically by shredding and sorting the two components into separate recycling streams."

The patented pouch is now 100-percent recyclable. The material is of course free of glue or adhesive. Spout and cap are also made of polyethylene - which means the recycled material will be equivalent in quality to the original material.

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Source: Mondi Group