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  • 15 Oct 2021

Mondi creates recyclable dog food packaging

Mondi has supplied a range of recyclable mono-material pet food packaging for Hau-Hau Champion, one of Finland’s most recognized brands in the premium dog food segm

Mondi has supplied a range of recyclable mono-material pet food packaging for Hau-Hau Champion, one of Finland’s most recognized brands in the premium dog food segment.

The new packaging fulfills the pet food producer’s objective to launch a reclosable and recyclable packaging that does not compromise the performance and retains strong brand recognition in stores. It also addresses sustainability concerns of end consumers that are playing more of a role in the purchasing of pet food and products.

Mondi’s customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, helped Hau-Hau Champion find a high-barrier technology that can be reclosed, keeps food fresh and confines any smells. The previously unrecyclable multi-layer packaging contained a metalized layer was replaced by Mondi’s recyclable mono-material packaging: a reel material for form-fill-and-seal (FFS) 1.5kg bags and pre-made FlexiBag Recyclable for bags up to 15kg. FlexiBag Recyclable is a mono-material polyethylene (PE) pre-made bag developed specifically for recycling, which means it can be deposited directly into Finnish plastic recycling streams.

The new packaging responds to consumer feedback asking for stronger carrying handles and a user-friendly reclosure to prevent kibble from going stale and thereby avoiding waste. It also features an anti-slip matt lacquer exterior and is fitted with a valve that allows air to escape for optimal palletization.

‘Through our EcoSolutions approach, we help customers find environmentally responsible alternatives without compromising on performance, ease of use, or aesthetics,’ commented Thomas Kahl, EcoSolutions project manager at Mondi. ‘For Hau-Hau Champion, this involved asking many questions to gain deeper insight into the needs of the brand and its end users, as well as collaborating closely throughout the process to test and evaluate all solutions. The new packaging also supports Mondi’s MAP 2030 sustainability goal to make 100% of its products reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.’

 

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