The latest offering in Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach is the first recyclable functional paper bag, featured in LSDH’s Les Crudettes salad offerings. Replacing the old transparent glossy polypropylene (PP) packaging, the food item is now made with 95% paper. This innovation helps LSDH meet its goal of reducing plastic in its product portfolio.
The barrier allows the pre-washed, ready-to-eat salads to stay fresh for up to 10 days. This shelf life is similar to that of what the old plastic packaging offered. The paper packaging is flexoprinted and comes with a QR code that tells consumers details of the product, as well as how it can be recycled. Its recyclability is verified by the Recycling Authority (Cerec) in France.
Mondi worked closely with LSDH and its machine suppler Ilapak to ensure that the recyclable paper packaging can be adopted by its existing machinery.
Paulus Goess, Sales Director Speciality Kraft Paper, Mondi says: “We evaluated everything, from sourcing, to machinery, and the recycling process – all while collaborating closely with LSDH to deliver a sustainable solution without compromising on packaging performance. A key focus of our Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030) is to develop innovative packaging that keeps materials in circulation and prevents waste. We are proud to see our new circular-driven functional barrier paper being part of the solution. In particular as all converting steps are fully integrated across our value chain – from paper production to barrier application and printing.”
Géraldine Collet, Marketing and Innovation Director, Les Crudettes / Groupe LSDH adds: “This is just the first step in the sustainability journey of our ready-to-eat salad range. The results are exciting – the packaging is created on existing machines, it looks great on-shelf, is resistant to humidity and supports our sustainability goals. These salad bags could revolutionise the ready-to-eat salad market, hugely reducing the amount of plastic needed, all while keeping the food fresh.”
Mondi is a global leader in innovating packaging solutions that are sustainable by design. Paper and film-based solutions, liners and barrier coatings are included in its extensive product portfolio.