Mondi Aims To Produce Sustainable Flexible Packaging Mondi Group has played a significant role in Proj- ect Proof, a Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF).The project has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch in- corporating a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is suitable for packaging household prod- ucts such as detergent. Project Proof is part of Mondi’s commitment to the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Initiative. It is focused on designing products in line with circu- lar economy principles and has shown that it is pos- sible to use unclean and raw post-consumer recycled content to create new flexible packaging. Mondi will now develop the prototype further to ensure it can be rolled out as a commercially viable product for its multinational FMCG customers.This will support Mon- di’s work as a signatory of the New Plastics Economy Commitment to ensure a minimum of 25 percent of post-consumer waste is incorporated across all its flex- ible plastic packaging where food contact regulations allow by 2025. Mondi spearheaded Project Proof to examine wheth- er it is possible to produce two new flexible plastic packaging products: a recyclable plastic for flexible packaging made with a percentage of post-consumer waste; and a form fill and seal (FFS) pouch for food applications. The goal is to replace multi-layer lami- nates, often found in food packaging, and therefore in- creasing recyclability.As the use of recycled materials and the creation of more recyclable plastics in flexible packaging increases in popularity, they will help circu- larity in the marketplace. The second part of Project Proof focused on long-life food pouches.The standards for food applications were held to high technical specifications agreed by the par- ticipating FMCGs.The aluminum barrier often found in food-standard plastic packaging can extend shelf life, but it creates problems in recycling. Project Proof cre- ated an opportunity for FMCG’s to re-evaluate and pos- sibly reduce the specifications for certain requirements allowing more sustainable materials to be used. There are already materials being tested based on a mono-material construction without problematic lay- ers such as aluminum, which would make recycling possible in existing waste-streams. It was concluded that further development in this area was required as current offerings did not achieve the basic minimum specifications set by the brand owners. Joint Devel- opment Agreements are being discussed for future re- search opportunities in this area.
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