AUSTRIA – Paper and packaging company, Mondi has developed a high-barrier, mono-material polypropylene (PP) packaging solution for Handl Tyrol bacon.

Designed to resemble a wooden chopping board, the packaging features a polypropylene (PP) film that is recyclable in existing streams for mixed polyolefins.

The wood-effect film is designed to offer safe vacuum packaging, on-shelf appeal and better protection to avoid food waste.

In addition, the packaging provides a second skin that seals safely with a high-barrier top and bottom film.

Working closely with Handl Tyrol, Mondi employed its collaborative EcoSolution approach to ensure the packaging is suited for the manufacturer, product, end use and environment.

Mondi says that the mono-material PP packaging was also shortlisted for the Green Packaging Star Award 2022.

Daniel Maier, Head of Procurement at Handl Tyrol said: “This packaging is certainly eye-catching while providing excellent product protection.

 “It works within existing recycling guidelines for retailers across Europe and is a great example of more sustainable packaging with no compromises: it still provides the highest level of food protection which of course is always our priority.”

According to Jan-Mark Wilke, Business Development Manager of Fresh Food for Consumer Flexibles at Mondi: “33% of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year – and this accounts for 7% of GHG emissions.

“Sustainable packaging can play a vital role in minimizing food waste. It reduces the environmental impact of the food industry by preventing food from spoiling before it reaches the table.

“With our mono-material PP packaging for Handl Tyrol, we have been able to deliver another fresh food packaging solution that protects the product effectively and can be recycled into existing recycling streams for mixed polyolefins.”

The news comes shortly after Mondi announced its €5 million investment in the construction of a new R&D facility at its Mondi Steinfeld plant in Germany.

The new location is set to incorporate customers into the development of new projects and serve as a partner to its recycling and food safety laboratories in Austria.

The company has also launched Hug&Hold, a shrink wrap alternative that is supposedly compatible with existing paper waste streams throughout Europe.

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