Mondi launches recyclable barrier papers for sustainable packaging solutions

Designed to be used as a replacement for plastic films and laminates, the new range provides a one-stop shop solution from paper production to barrier application, and can run on existing form-fill-and-seal (FFS) lines.

Mondi has developed a new recyclable functional barrier paper range. Designed with protection in mind, this range of certified recyclable barrier paper solutions is integrated across Mondi’s value chain – from paper production to the barrier application – and can run on existing filling lines for form-fill-and-seal (FFS) applications.

Mondi’s AegisPaper range reduces the amount of plastic used by replacing it with a renewable resource that has specific mechanical properties, such as puncture resistance, flexibility, printability and barrier protection. The coatings technologies applied to these papers create custom barriers against grease and water vapour, and ensure stability. AegisPapers can be employed for several packaging applications within the dry food, frozen food, pet food, confectionery, secondary packaging, toy, e-commerce, flower packaging, and DIY industries.

The functional barrier paper can replace plastic packaging that has traditionally been used for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and consumer products. In a first step, Mondi’s collaboration with a European dry pasta producer will reduce the plastic used by 90%, and save them 7,500 tonnes of plastic films per year for one of their product ranges. This pasta packaging and other commercialised solutions will be entering the market in H1 2021.

Within AegisPaper, there are three grades available for different applications and requirements – namely AegisPaper select, which offers a wide range of custom barrier properties; AegisPaper 95/5 food, which is fully recyclable and has mechanical properties for food applications; and AegisPaper reduce, which provides the thin functional barrier paper to reduce amount of packaging material needed.

The paper and coatings are all produced and applied in Europe.