Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has partnered with SILBO, a Polish leading producer of compostable packaging, to create a paper-based high-strength packaging for the Irish farm potato business Meade Farm Group. The innovative bags replace hard-to-recycle plastic with paper, a renewable resource enhanced with a bio-based coating and are certified as compostable.
Working closely for two years, SILBO, Meade and Mondi developed the FSC®-certified bag using specialty kraft paper to ensure strength in handling while providing barrier properties to keep the produce fresh.
The bag has multiple sustainability features: a corn starch-based netting for a small cut-out window, water-based ink and Mondi’s biodegradable Sustainex® coating, which provides heat sealing and moisture barrier protection.
The packaging has been launched across Ireland, Poland, France and Germany, winning the silver Fruit Logistica Innovation Award. The new solution reportedly helps Meade to achieve its sustainability goals: using packaging that is reusable, recyclable, renewable or compostable wherever possible.
“The bags need to withstand very heavy weights, while providing a solution that is kinder to the planet. Our EcoSolutions approach means we work very closely with our customers to reach their sustainability goals and create a bespoke solution that represents the best possible option for the customer, the consumer, and the environment,” said Jan Murzyn, extrusion solutions & speciality kraft paper sales manager, Poland, Mondi.
“We believe in sustainability not only because it’s the right thing to do for the environment and future generations, but because it’s the right thing to do for any growing business that is forward-thinking and values efficiency,” said Jeni Meade, sustainability manager, Meade. “This new potato bag is an excellent example and was integral in our winning the Best Sustainable Packaging Strategy at the Green Food & Beverage Awards.”
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