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Mondi and Tesco partner to close the loop for Shopping Bags

Tesco has partnered with Mondi to use its EcoVantage paper that combines fresh and recycled fibers for sustainable and food-compliant shopping bags.

March 12, 2021

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A paper shopping bag made by Mondi out of Tesco’s own warehouse corrugated material.

Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi and Tesco Central Europe have launched a new partnership, in which Mondi will purchase the retailer’s warehouse corrugated waste to create a recycled paper for the retailers’ shopping bags. Tesco is working towards a net-zero emission goal, in line with its sustainability targets to remove, reduce, reuse, and recycle wherever possible and Mondi is able to contribute to this vision with its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions.

Mondi uses the retailer’s corrugated waste to produce the EcoVantage grade, in which recycled and fresh fibres are combined to achieve a recyclable and high performing shopping bag. The EcoVantage paper is produced at Mondi’s mill in the Czech Republic.

Paulus Goess, Sales Director Speciality Kraft Paper, Mondi comments, “We have been working on this project with Tesco for over two years, with the aim of reusing their warehouse waste to create a quality product that is strong in terms of peformance, based on renewable resources, uses recycled materials and can in turn be fully recycled and ultimately contribute to a circular economy.”

Mondi’s EcoVantage paper combines the strength, printability and appearance of a fresh fibre top layer with the sustainability advantages of a recycled fibre bottom layer.

Nóra Hevesi, Head of Communication at Tesco in Hungary adds: “Our target is to make packaging 100% recyclable by 2025 and to reduce packaging wherever possible. We’ve already made great progress by removing 454 tonnes of hard-to-recycle material from our packaging so far, and it is exciting that we are able to close the loop by recycling our warehouse paper waste and use the recycled fibres in our shopper bags.”