The Flensburg mill of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe has received the Environmental Award of the Economy 2021 by the Society for Study and Development of the Economy in Schleswig-Holstein for sustainable barricote barrier papers.
This environmental award has been presented since 1984 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in Germany. It consists of a bronze relief created by Georg Engst and a certificate.
The independent jury selected the barricote paper as one of the award winners because it can be recycled via the wastepaper cycle and thus makes ‘an innovative contribution to waste avoidance and sustainability’.
‘We are pleased about this high number of award winners, which is proof of the importance of environmental protection in our companies. The example of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper in Flensburg, with its development and production of environmentally friendly paper-based packaging material for foodstuffs, is proof of the high innovative strength of our economy,’ commented Dr Philipp Murmann, chairman of the society.
With barricote, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper offers a range of barrier papers that have been developed in close cooperation with major food manufacturers, packaging machine manufacturers and processors.
The fully recyclable papers can be used as bag packaging, wrapping paper, and laminating paper. With effective combinable barriers against water vapor, grease, oil, oxygen and aroma, as well as mineral oil migration, barricote papers are suitable for both primary and secondary packaging.
‘We are very pleased to receive this award for our commitment to sustainability and innovation. Because with our barricote papers, we are fully contributing to the vision of a waste-free future,’ said Dr Dieter Becker, director of new business development at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. ‘Not only do they offer excellent barriers and outstanding heat-sealing capabilities, but they are also fully recyclable and 100 percent suitable for the circular economy.
‘We rely on water-based coatings and a high proportion of biodegradable ingredients. At the same time, our barrier papers are 100 percent free of plastic films, fluorocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons and optical brighteners. We are proud to work with the development teams of major brand owners on successful product transformation projects from plastic packaging to paper packaging. In doing so, we are making a valuable contribution to sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging solutions of the future.’