10. July 2019 | Recycling

Flexible packaging from post-consumer recycled plastic

Pioneer Project
The Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Source: Mondi

Mondi Group, a global provider in packaging and paper, led Project Proof, a Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). The project reportedly has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch incorporating a minimum of 20% post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is said to be suitable for packaging household products such as detergent.

Recycled plastic-based food pouches by 2025

Now the prototype is to be developed further to ensure it can be rolled out as a commercially viable product for multinational FMCG customers. This will support the company's target to ensure a minimum of 25% of post-consumer waste is incorporated across all its flexible plastic packaging where food contact regulations allow by 2025. Therefore, the standards for food applications were held to high technical specifications agreed by the participating FMCGs. There reportedly are already materials being tested based on a mono-material construction.

edited by Thobias Quaß

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