TURKEY – Unilever has joined forces with global packaging and paper firm, Mondi to support the consumer goods company’s ambitious circular economy goals.

As part of the partnership, Mondi has developed a recyclable polypropylene (PP) mono-material solution in Turkey for Unilever’s Knorr dry soup powder range, produced at Mondi’s Turkish flexible packaging plant in Kalenobel.

The new package will replace a multi material laminate, with a recyclable mono-material film alternative.

Mondi claims that the new packaging preserves the shelf-life of the food product and does not impact the runability on the production machines.

Furthermore, the packaging material designed by Jindal is certified as recyclable by the Institut cyclos HTP. 

Mondi and Unilever collaborated to investigate the most suitable grade of special raw material and Mondi provided ongoing support and counsel during the design and implementation process.

This drive to find new packaging solutions is part of Unilever’s commitment that 100 percent of the plastic packaging used in its products is reusable, recyclable and compostable by 2025. 

Atahan Özgünay, R&D Package Development Manager at Unilever says: “The most important step in eliminating plastic waste is preventing it getting into the environment in the first place.

“That’s why we are committed to collecting and processing more plastic packaging than we sell by 2025. Solutions from innovative partners throughout the value chain, such as Mondi, will help us on this journey,”

Cüneyt Karci, Key Account Manager at Mondi Kalenobel added: “We drive a customer-centric approach at Mondi, Eco-Solutions, where we work with our customers to understand their sustainability goals and deliver packaging that is sustainable by design.

“The challenge for us was getting the necessary oxygen and water vapor barriers and all other physical and chemical tolerances with the new mono-material at the same level as the current non-recyclable packaging.

“We also needed to offer a solution that could use the same production machine at Unilever’s production sites.”