• Mondi, leading global packaging and paper company, has joined forces with Unilever to progress the FMCG's ambitious circular economy goals;
• As part of their sustainability journey, Unilever has adopted a recyclable polypropylene (PP) mono-material solution in Turkey for its Knorr dry soup powder range, produced at Mondi’s Turkish flexible packaging plant in Kalenobel.
Unilever approached Mondi Kalenobel in January 2018 with the challenge of replacing a multi material laminate, with a recyclable mono-material film alternative. The new packaging preserves the shelf-life of the food product and does not impact the runability on the production machines.
Furthermore, the packaging material designed by Jindal is certified as recyclable by the Institut cyclos HTP.
Mondi and Unilever collaborated to investigate the most suitable grade of special raw material and Mondi provided ongoing support and counsel during the design and implementation process. This drive to find new packaging solutions is part of Unilever's commitment that 100 percent of the plastic packaging used in its products is reusable, recyclable and compostable by 2025.
“The most important step in eliminating plastic waste is preventing it getting into the environment in the first place. That’s why we are committed to collecting and processing more plastic packaging than we sell by 2025. Solutions from innovative partners throughout the value chain, such as Mondi, will help us on this journey,” said Atahan Özgünay, R&D Package Development Manager for Unilever’s Knorr and Lipton brands in North Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Russia.
“We drive a customer-centric approach at Mondi, Eco-Solutions, where we work with our customers to undertand their sustainability goals and deliver packaging that is sustainable by design. The challenge for us was getting the necessary oxygen and water vapor barriers and all other physical and chemical tolerances with the new mono-material at the same level as the current non-recyclable packaging. We also needed to offer a solution that could use the same production machine at Unilever's production sites.” Cüneyt Karci, Key Account Manager at Mondi Kalenobel
This new packaging solution has been introduced to the Turkish market for selected Knorr designs and Unilever is now considering expanding this packaging solution to other product ranges from the brand.
About Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan
Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan targets aims to halve Unilever’s environmental footprint on the making and use of their products by 2030, while still growing the business as a whole. The sustainability progress of major companies such as Unilever is key to installing a truly global circular economy. After all, on any given day around 2.5 billion people in more than 190 countries use Unilever products. Unilever’s sustainability vision is for a waste-free world where no packaging ever enters the environment on land, in waterways and in our oceans. This is why collaborations with innovative suppliers such as Mondi is key to countering plastic waste.
Unilever (unilever.com) is on an ambitious sustainability journey and innovative partners throughout the value chain such as Mondi will be key to guiding the way forward.
Mondi (mondigroup.com) is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything we do. In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76 billion.
Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.