The new high barrier paper-based packaging has been designed to replace the unrecyclable multi-material laminate


Mondi and Unilever have designed paper-based packaging for Colman’s Meal Makers. (Credit: Mondi)

UK-based consumer goods company Unilever has worked with packaging and paper company Mondi to design aluminium-free paper-based packaging for its Colman’s dry Meal Maker and Sauces range.

The new high barrier paper-based packaging material has been developed to minimise plastic, increase paper content and boost recyclability in the existing UK paper waste stream.

Mondi is supporting Unilever to achieve its sustainability targets by allowing the consumer goods firm to replace the earlier unrecyclable multi-material laminate with recyclable paper packaging.

Mondi consumer flexibles key accounts global head Torsten Murra said: “MAP2030, Mondi’s action plan for the next 10 years to achieve our ambitious 2030 sustainability commitments, focuses on circular driven packaging and paper solutions, created by empowered people, taking action on climate.”

The new packaging solution with a paper content of 85% features an ultra-thin functional plastic layer to efficiently seal the packaging and offer barrier protection for the food.

Mondi stated that it worked with Unilever across the development process starting from a proof of concept and extensive line trials at both firms’ R&D pilot plants to prototype and test the packaging material before scaling up.

Unilever UK&I foods marketing director Fikerte Woldegiorgis said: “At Colman’s, we’re big and bold when it comes to our flavours, and we’re keen to make equally bold steps when it comes to our sustainability commitments.

“We are delighted to partner with Mondi to develop this recyclable paper packaging, becoming the first big brand within the category to do so.”

Last month, Mondi launched a new sustainable and lightweight Advantage StretchWrap paper for pallets.