Mondi, a global provider of packaging and paper, and French Les Crudettes – LSDH Group’s Vegetable Division, were recognized as a Gold winner at this year’s Packaging Innovation Awards by DOW for using recyclable Functional Barrier Paper manufactured by Mondi to protect ready-to-eat salads. This prize follows five other wins scooped last year for the paper-based solution.
Mondi’s Functional Barrier Paper replaces plastic films and laminates traditionally used for FMCG and consumer products with a recyclable and renewable solution. It reportedly consists of 95 percent paper with a functional barrier layer and keeps Les Crudettes salad just as fresh as the previous alternative. Mechanical properties include puncture resistance, flexibility, printability and barrier protection. The applied coating technology creates individual barriers against grease and water vapor while ensuring freshness for up to 10 days – the same amount of time as with the former plastic packaging.
Mondi used its EcoSolutions approach to work closely with Les Crudettes to help the company meet its sustainability goals of reducing the amount of plastic in its packaging for its salads. The packaging is verified as recyclable in the wastepaper stream in France and saves 137 tons of plastic per year. Additionally, the solution supports Mondi’s MAP2030 sustainability goal to make 100 percent of its products reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
The Packaging Innovation Awards by Dow recognize outstanding packaging projects from around the globe.