Institute Cyclos-http, a German institute specialising in the classification, evaluation, and certification of packaging and product recyclability, has confirmed the green credentials of packaging expert Mondi’s BarrierPack all polyethylene multilayer laminate. The institute independently tested the material and issued a certificate, rating it as 95% recyclable in those areas where a suitable recycling infrastructure is in place.
The packaging solution is suitable for various, and is currently used by Dutch pet food producer Yarrah for its organic Yarrah and DANO pet food brands, and UK supermarket chain Tesco for its own-brand dishwasher tablets.
Yarrah sought a fully recyclable pouch to replace the multilayer laminate packaging it had been using to keep it in a circular economy. For convenience’s sake, the pouch also needed to be resealable to keep pet food and snacks fresh.
Tesco already had a system in place to recycle polyethylene carrier bags used to hold customers’ purchases, and the new BarrierPack Recyclable pouches can also be recycled in this system. It encourages customers to bring the dishwasher tablet pouches back to the store, where they are collected and then recycled back into new carrier bags.
The fully recyclable mono-material solution is available as FFS material and pre-made stand-up pouch for applications ranging from confectionary, food, pet food to home and personal care and is suitable for processing on existing packaging lines. In addition to recyclability, the packaging offers weight advantages as well, as it is lighter than PET/PE laminates of the same thickness. BarrierPack recyclable is available in different thicknesses and barrier properties.
Mondi is a signatory of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, committing to 100% of plastic based packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable and 25% being from recycled content by 2025 (food regulations permitting) and are co-founders of the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX).