AUSTRIA – Mondi plc, manufacturer of paper and packaging products has unveiled a fully-recyclable packaging material, BarrierPack Recyclable, a plastic laminate that could be used as a recyclable alternative for domestic and industrial applications.

The new laminates are made for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock to that enhances both efficiency and meet product barrier properties.

BarrierPack recyclable is friendly to the environment and has been validated for existing industrial recycling streams, according to the company.

Mondi is strongly committed to innovation by investing in tailor-made flexible packaging solutions in various categories that is, pet care, food, home and personal care.

It imitates the functionality of conventional materials, doesn’t compromise on quality and supports the circular economy.

The flexible, recyclable pouches and roll stocks comes in time to address global plastic crisis that has seen China impose restrictions on the import of recyclable materials while UK improved the quality of the material collected for recycling.

As a moisture barrier material, the material finds applications in dry foof, food ingredients, personal care and pet care applications.

In addition, it’s stiffer, stronger and lighter than conventional PET/PE laminate of the same thickness, thus able to be formed directly on FFS machines or used for pre-made packaging.

“Our new laminate, BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging,” said Carl Stonley, Technical Account Manager at Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging.

“In addition to being fully recyclable, it offers exceptional mechanical properties and is ideal for a range of packaging style formats.

Constructed using two layers of PE film, BarrierPack Recyclable is a highly functional, flexible, packaging material that’s easy to open and reclose for consumer convenience.”

BarrierPack Recyclable is suitable for existing product lines and is in line with environmentally conscious lifestyles.

An urge to develop recyclable and sustainable plastic packaging has called for quick intervention from the packaging industry as they try to reduce plastic in the oceans and reduce its overall footprint.

This surge in need of recyclable and flexible plastics has seen regulations geared towards taxing or banning the use of non-recyclable and single-use plastic products, especially in the UK.

To ensure a circular economy when it comes to plastic use, the European Commission announced a 2030 strategy to ensure recyclable plastics by then.