Mondi partners with SalzburgMilch and SPAR to reduce plastic waste from food packaging

Mondi has introduced a fully recyclable 80% paper-based packaging solution for cold meats and cheese. The new packaging will reduce plastic usage for Austrian dairy producer SalzburgMilch by approximately 40 tonnes per year, compared to its previously used rigid plastic trays.

Mondi has launched its PerFORMing removeable in partnership with SalzburgMilch for the brand SalzburgMilch Premium and the own-brand SPAR Natur*pur organic cheese slices. The shallow paper tray combines the recyclability of paper with the essential barrier properties of a thin plastic coating to keep food fresh and avoid waste.

Mondi released its original PerFORMing range last year, and has made continued efforts to enhance it even more sustainable. The original product could be recycled in Austrian paper recycling streams. The updated product now consists of paper and fully removeable plastic, which can be separated from the paper tray allowing for 100% paper recycling across Europe.

The product is made locally in Austria, enabling transportation to be kept to a minimum and the overall carbon footprint reduced. The base paper for the tray is Advantage Formable made predominantly from locally sourced wood and produced by Mondi Frantschach, while the trays are processed and coated by Mondi Zeltweg, both located in Austria.

PerFORMING removeable is part of Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach to find the most sustainable and fit for purpose packaging for its customers with a focus on replacing, reducing and recycling. SalzburgMilch and SPAR have adopted Mondi’s product for their 175g packets of sliced cheese, which are available in SPAR stores across Austria.

Marko Schuster, COO for Mondi Functional Paper and Films, said: “The PerFORMing removable uses paper where possible, significantly reducing the carbon footprint, and plastic when useful, to extend the shelf life and help prevent food waste. As both components can easily be separated and the paper fully recycled across Europe, this is a big step for us with waste streams differing vastly across regions.”