Mondi’s RetortPouch Recyclable was recently recognised by the Swiss Packaging Institute (SVI) for its recycling solutions and was awarded the Swiss Packaging Award, which is designed to recognise packaging and innovation creativity.
The packaging is made of polypropylene (PP) based mono-material which offers a great shelf life for its contents and reduces the potential for food waste. It replaces complex multilayer packaging that uses aluminium or metallised layers to provide greater protection and cannot be recycled.
Importantly, the design is able to withstand high temperatures during the retort process in food preparation and is suitable for a range of applications in the ready-made food and petfood industries.
Developed in partnership with Hilcona for Coop’s brand range, it has an attractive design with a transparent window that allows for consumers to easily view the product on shelves.
“We are very proud of this award. Hilcona has played a key role in the development of a truly collaborative approach to this award-winning packaging, looking closely at how we could protect the product, while delivering convenient packaging that worked for Coop and the consumer in a sustainable way,” explains Hilcona packaging expert Julia Bredemeier.
The RetortPouch Recyclable was launched in October of last year for a range of food and wet petfood products. It was two years in the making and is a step towards Mondi’s goal of ensuring all of its products are reusable, recyclable or compostable.
“We’re delighted to have the RetortPouch Recyclable recognised by the SVI,” says Christoph Höfling, Head of Product Development, Mondi Korneuburg. “This solution is a result of our EcoSolutions approach to creating sustainable fit-for-purpose packaging, working in close collaboration with our customers and partners.”
Recent tests conducted by Mondi in partnership with the National Test Centre Circular Plastics (NTCP) in the Netherlands, proved effective sorting of their packaging during the recycling process. Real-life scenarios were tested to prove that the material of the packaging – mono PP – can be identified during the recycling process and sent to the correct recycling stream.
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