International packaging and paper group Mondi has partnered with Austrian company Hütthaler to produce a fully recyclable thermoforming film made from a mono-material for their meat and sausage products. The film is made of a mono-material solution that can be fully recycled and provides a barrier to protect the food and extend its shelf life, the company announced. The independent cyclos-HTP Institute for Recyclability and Product Responsibility has awarded this film the highest classification "AAA" for recyclability, as per the press release.
Hütthaler's requirement was to replace the previously used film with a recyclable solution without compromising on quality or attractive presentation of the food. Mondi was able to re-invent the packaging for Hütthaler by maintaining optimum functionality while replacing less sustainable packaging, reducing raw material usage, and designing packaging that was ready for recycling, said the company. The bottom film is supplied by the company’s Styria plant in Austria, which has also been awarded AA+ for food safety by the British Retail Consortium (BRCGS).
"We worked with Hütthaler to find a more sustainable approach that still meets the high food standards, preserves shelf life and guarantees runnability on the machines. The new film meets all these requirements and also helps to save disposal fees due to its recyclability," says Thomas Kahl, project manager for EcoSolutions at Mondi Consumer Flexibles.
"For more than 120 years it has been our passion to offer our customers the highest quality. That's why it was particularly important in our animal welfare project to act as sustainably as possible not only along the entire value chain, from agriculture to the consumer, but also in terms of packaging solutions. We were able to implement this in cooperation with our long-standing partner Mondi due to their expertise and experience in sustainable food packaging,” said Dr. Florian Hütthaler, owner of Hütthaler KG.